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Magic Number of the Day

President Barack Obama at a campaign fundraiser sponsored in Beverly Hills.

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President Barack Obama at a campaign fundraiser sponsored in Beverly Hills.

Magic Number of the Day: $17 million

That’s the advantage in fundraising for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party over President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in May, according to figures announced by the campaigns last week. Romney, the Republican National Committee and a Romney Victory...

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Workers urge new citizens to register to vote after a naturalization ceremony in Miami.

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Workers urge new citizens to register to vote after a naturalization ceremony in Miami.

Magic Number of the Day: 6.2 million

That’s the number of Hispanics in Colorado, Florida and Nevada, according to Census Bureau population estimates as of July 1, 2011. There were 4.36 million Hispanics in Florida (23 percent of the population), 1.07 million in Colorado (21 percent) and...

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Shoppers with a Hollister Co. shopping bag in New York.

Photograph by Robert Caplin/Bloomberg

Shoppers with a Hollister Co. shopping bag in New York.

Magic Number of the Day: -37.6

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index (CCI) for the week ended June 3. The index, which asks people to rate the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate, rose for the third straight week, a break from the losing...

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A 'recall Walker' bumper sticker outside the Rock County Democratic Party Headquarters on June 4, 2012 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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A 'recall Walker' bumper sticker outside the Rock County Democratic Party Headquarters on June 4, 2012 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Magic Number of the Day: $63.5 Million

That’s the amount of money interest groups and the candidates already have spent on Wisconsin’s recall election, based on the Center for Public Integrity’s number-crunching of campaign finance reports. And the number could go much higher. In addition, most of...

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Shoppers in New York.

Photograph by Robert Caplin/Bloomberg

Shoppers in New York.

Magic Number of the Day: 10

That’s the number of consecutive weeks in which the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index has been higher among Democrats than Republicans. That’s a record in available weekly data dating to June 1990, according to Langer Research Associates, which produces the index....

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Mitt Romney supporters in St. Louis.

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Mitt Romney supporters in St. Louis.

Magic Number of the Day: $13 million

That’s how much money Dallas businessman Harold Simmons has donated in this election cycle to American Crossroads, a Republican super-PAC with a stated purpose of defeating President Obama. Simmons has donated $11 million from his own pockets, and his holding...

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Mitt Romney off of his campaign plane at Yampa Valley Airport on May 28, 2012 in Colorado.

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Mitt Romney off of his campaign plane at Yampa Valley Airport on May 28, 2012 in Colorado.

Magic Number of the Day: 58

That’s the number of delegates that Mitt Romney needs in order to reach the 1,144 necessary to win the Republican presidential nomination, according to an Associated Press tally. Romney almost certainly will win more than 58 delegates in today’s primary...

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At the Heritage Estates' Brain Gym in Livermore, California.

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At the Heritage Estates' Brain Gym in Livermore, California.

Magic Number of the Day: 41.4 million

That’s how many U.S. residents were at least 65 years old on July 1, 2011, according to Census Bureau estimates released last week. That age group accounted for 13.3 percent of the national population of 311.6 million, up from 13.0...

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