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Significant Digits For Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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

63 percent

West Virginia votes in its presidential primary today, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is the 63 percent favorite to win on the Democratic side, according to our polls-plus forecast. On the Republican side, who really cares? That ship has sailed. [FiveThirtyEight]

90 percent

Percentage of Alaska general fund revenue that comes from oil. With oil vastly cheaper now than it was several years ago, the state is facing a substantial fiscal problem. [Bloomberg]

717 Republicans

Number of people who have filed to run for Congress and recorded donations on the GOP side this cycle, compared to 577 Democrats. This isn’t vastly out of line with previous cycles, suggesting that whatever is happening at the top of the ticket, we aren’t seeing a Trump-like assault from party outsiders in down-ballot races. [FiveThirtyEight]

$62.8 million

Cost of a high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas, that the school board just approved. There will be 12,000 seats, which seems patently absurd to this life-long East Coaster. [Sports Illustrated]

$1.35 billion

Krispy Kreme has been acquired by JAB Holding for $1.35 billion, presumably glazed. The holding company also owns Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee and Keurig Green Mountain, so it seems like it has the coffee-and-doughnut market pretty much cornered. [CNN]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.