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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

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Special thanks to Harry Enten, who is rad and helped identify those aforementioned numbers buried inside the New Hampshire news today.


Guess what y’all, we have a New Hampshire primary-based SigDig today. Five is the number of towns and cities Hillary Clinton won in New Hampshire. For Sanders, this is what we in the business call a “rout.” [The New York Times]

6th place

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who channeled an Atlantic City barfly and bet every dime he had on New Hampshire — but only got 6th place. Christie will head home to New Jersey for the first time in a long time to contemplate the doomed future of his campaign. As a wise man once said: Your papa says he knows that you don’t have any money / Yeah your papa says he knows that you don’t have any money / Oh, your daddy says he knows that you don’t have any money / So please end your failed campaign and resume governing New Jersey, Chris. [The New York Times]

13 towns

Number of towns and cities in New Hampshire, on the GOP side, not won by Donald Trump, a local New York real estate figure. All but one of those 13 towns was won by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. [The New York Times]

33 percent

Beyoncé’s new single, “Formation,” refers to dining at Red Lobster following a successful romantic evening. After the release of the video on Saturday, sales at the seafood chain were up 33 percent on Sunday compared to last year’s Super Bowl Sunday, according to the chain. [Quartz]

50 percent

Percentage of New Hampshire Republicans who would be satisfied with Donald Trump winning the nomination. Trump won when the opposition vote is divided; let’s see how he does when it isn’t, before we hit the deck and run to the Canada-bound lifeboats, yeah? [CBS News]

64 percent

Percentage of New Hampshire Republicans who support a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants to the United States. In the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump won 44 percent of those voters. On one hand, that is to be expected. On the other, holy crap. Fifty-six percent of people who think Muslim immigrants shouldn’t be allowed into the country supported other, ostensibly more mainstream candidates. [CBS News]

71 percent

Percentage of the vote Sen. Bernie Sanders won among New Hampshire voters with a family income less than $30,000 per year. On the other hand, Clinton won 53 percent of the vote among families earning more than $200,000 per year. So guess what, people: We have a class war within a class war going on here! [CBS News]

117 boxes

A Girl Scout who set up shop outside of a marijuana dispensary sold 117 boxes of cookies in two hours. [The Los Angeles Times]

$14 million

Warner/Chappell, the previously believed rights-holders to the song “Happy Birthday,” will pay $14 million to conclude a lawsuit over the tune. If all goes according to the court filing on Monday, the song will be in the public domain, meaning that we will all eventually be able to go to fast-casual restaurants and get the real birthday song sung to us. [The Hollywood Reporter]

$725 million

Asking price for a ranch in Texas that was just sold to Stan Kroenke, the owner of the NFL’s Rams. The Rams were recently moved, at Kroenke’s behest, from their home of 20 years in St. Louis back to Los Angeles. At least St. Louis can sleep knowing that although they lost their team, the billionaire behind the move treated himself to a half-million-acre estate in Texas. [Bloomberg]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.