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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

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38 percent

Game 3 of the National League Championship Series and Game 4 of the American League Championship Series are both tonight. As it stands now, both the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs have a 38 percent chance to win the World Series, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions. That is a sentence nobody thought was possible for so very long. [FiveThirtyEight]

83.2 percent

U.S. four-year high school graduation rate in the 2014-15 school year, up from 79 percent in the 2010-11 year. [The Huffington Post]

88.1 percent

Probability Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, according to the latest estimate from our polls-only presidential election model. [FiveThirtyEight]


Based on a study from the Center for Public Integrity, about 430 people who work in journalism have donated a combined $382,000 to Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. (The tally included donations from critics and others who don’t cover political news.) An estimated 96 percent of contributions from journalists went to Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump, who has received about $14,000. [Columbia Journalism Review]

$36.4 million

Are you in the market for a never-finished nuclear power plant from the seventies? Has Alabama got some good news for you, weirdo. The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal utility, has put an incomplete Alabama nuclear plant up for auction, with bids starting at $36.4 million. The TVA spent more than $5 billion over 40 years building the twin-reactor plant, which the local mayor says is 90 percent complete. [Newser]

86.7 million

The latest number of worldwide Netflix subscribers. Subscriber growth is beating Wall Street expectations after Netflix made an immense investment in original content. [TechCrunch]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.