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10 fantastic facts about the US election, World Political Facts, Facts Of US Politics,Facts During US Election.

10 fantastic facts about the US election, World Political Facts, Facts Of US Politics,Facts During US Election.

Election night may be all about the maths, but there have been other fantastic figures emerging during the 2012 US election.

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47 per cent

Mitt Romney effectively wrote off nearly half the electorate in May when he told a private fundraiser there are "47 per cent of the people who… are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims".

 

$5.8 billion

The amount the non partisan Centre for Responsive Politics estimates will be spent on federal elections in 2012. The figure includes both the presidential race and the race for seats in the House of Representatives and Senate.

67 million

The number of viewers who tuned in to watch the first of the live televised presidential debates held in Denver, Colorado. President Barack Obama's dismal performance during the debate led to a surge in momentum for the Romney campaign.

12 minutes

The length of Clint Eastwood's rambling conversation with an empty chair during his address to the Republican convention.

Four

The number of US nationals, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, who were killed in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 this year. The much disputed sequence of events that led to their deaths became a highly politicised issue during the campaign.

FiveThirtyEight

The website of New York Times blogger, Nate Silver, who correctly predicted the outcome of the 2008 election in 49 out of 50 states. In the face of widely varying polls during this election, his number crunching has consistently put Mr Obama ahead, much to the chagrin of the Republican campaign.

270

The critical number, out of a total of 538, of Electoral College votes required to win the presidency.

$5 million

The amount billionaire property mogul Donald Trump offered to donate to a charity of Mr Obama's choice should the president release his college records and passport application. Mr Obama has ignored the offer.

18

The number of Electoral College votes up for grabs in the key battleground state of Ohio. Historically the state is a must have by Governor Romney because no Republican candidate has ever the won the presidency without securing Ohio.

Three

The number of days Mr Obama left the campaign trail to deal with superstorm Sandy. The storm provided Mr Obama with an opportunity to prove his presidential pedigree as he took charge of the clean-up.

Follow our US Election coverage as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama fight it out to become President.


source:http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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