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Significant Digits For Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Well the final results are in, and it appears that Marco Rubio won a total of two delegates in Hawaii after being shut out of Mississippi, Michigan and Idaho on Tuesday. Just a dismal showing. [FiveThirtyEight]

23.2 percent

Percentage of songs in the Billboard Hot 100 in the 2010s that had a one-word title, an all-time high. [Priceonomics]

25 percent

Percentage of the 600,000 early voters in the Florida Republican primary who did not vote in GOP primaries in 2010, 2012 or 2014. Donald Trump’s performance has been strong among new voters, something that could hurt Marco Rubio substantially in next week’s primary. [The Wall Street Journal]

39 hours

Seven Democrats filibustered in Missouri’s Senate for 39 hours in an attempt to block a religious freedom bill that opponents say is anti-gay. The Republican majority voted to pass it. [The Washington Post]

40 percent

An analysis of 74 U.S. newspapers found that 40 percent of them published online mugshot galleries, a traffic and readership bonanza for the papers but a practice that raises ethical concerns and hits the accused where it hurts, in the Google search results. [Fusion]

150 times more likely

Several West Virginia lawmakers have fallen ill after taking a celebratory drink of unpasteurized milk after successfully passing a bill that allowed for the sale of unpasteurized milk. The CDC says unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely than normal milk to cause food-borne illnesses. [Daily Kos]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.