And Then There Were Two... - The Problems
June 9, 2008
With the primaries over, we are left with two presumptive candidates for president: Barack Obama and John McCain. Let’s take a look at the candidates…
During the primaries Barrack Obama needed 2,118 delegates to earn the democratic nomination. He earned a total of 2180 delegates. John McCain needed 1,091 delegates to clinch the republican nomination. He earned a total of 1,504 delegates. By how many percentage points more than Obama did McCain exceed his required number of delegates? Express your answer to the nearest tenth.
Democratic fundraising has consistently been far more successful than republican fundraising during the beginning portions of this presidential race. As of April 2008, Obama had raised $30,668,436, while McCain had raised $17,538,378. By what percent did Obama’s April fundraising total exceed McCain’s April fundraising total? Express your answer to the nearest tenth.
A recent poll showed Obama with a narrow 2-percentage point lead over McCain. Of those polled, 10 percent said that they are undecided. If everyone polled voted McCain, Obama or undecided, what percent of the people polled voted for Obama? (Disregard any margin of error typically seen in these types of polls.)