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Significant Digits For Thursday, June 2, 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.


64.1 percent

FiveThirtyEight’s current projection for Hillary Clinton’s share of the vote in the New Jersey primary, which is less than a week away, on next Tuesday. In California, she’s projected right now to pull in 55.4 percent of the vote. [FiveThirtyEight]


69 percent

Probability of the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA title in the forthcoming series. The first game of the championship series is tonight, and Golden State’s got a 72 percent chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]


841.9 per 100,000 population

U.S. death rate in 2015, up from 823.6 per 100,000 in 2014. It’s the first increase in the death rate since 2005. [CDC, The New York Times]


3,400 milligrams

Approximate average daily sodium intake for Americans. The FDA wants that to get to around 2,300 milligrams, and issued voluntary guidelines yesterday urging food producers — like restaurants and manufacturers — to gradually decrease the sodium content in their food over time. The gist is that because salt tastes great, none of the individual producers have an incentive to reduce it alone, lest their food taste worse than their competitors. So the FDA wants everybody to gradually drop the salt. [The Wall Street Journal]


$491 million

Amount spent on television advertising in the presidential campaign so far, according to SMG Delta. Still, it’s somewhat questionable how meaningful that’s been in the race: $81.9 million came from Jeb Bush’s campaign and its Super PAC allies, $67.3 million from Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign and allies, and $57.8M from the Bernie Sanders campaign. [NBC News]


$3.5 billion

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund invested $3.5 billion in Uber, the company announced. [The Wall Street Journal]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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