...and the democratic race continues... - The Problems

February 11, 2008

Super Tuesday 2008 (February 5th) has past and there is still no clear democratic leader in the race for the nomination. One county’s Super Tuesday 2008 turnout set a record with 50 percent of the 362,376 registered voters participating. Prior to 2008, the highest Super Tuesday turnout was in 1988 when 35 percent participated. If the population increased by 5 percent from 1988 to 2008, how many more voters voted in 2008 than in 1988?

Once the primary votes are tallied, the states’ delegates are divided up based on the proportion of votes each of the “top” candidates received compared to the other “top” candidates. (“Top” candidates refers to candidates receiving at least 15% of the vote in that state.) In Arizona, Clinton had 51% of the vote and Obama had 42% of the vote.  If Arizona has 56 delegates that are tied to the results of the primary, how many delegates did each candidate receive? Disregard any digits after the decimal, and express your answer as a whole number.

In a race that has people at the edge of their seats, Obama and Clinton will undoubtedly need a steady flow of income to sustain a level of campaign activity necessary to win the democratic nomination.  At the end of the day last Thursday (February 7th), both candidates reported huge fundraising gains from online sources. In the 2 days following Super Tuesday Obama’s campaign reported bringing in \$7.5 million online. Clinton reported taking in \$7.5 million online starting February 1st. According to these reports, by what percentage did Obama’s rate of fundraising (millions of dollar per day) exceed Clinton’s rate of fundraising (millions of dollar per day)? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

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