Number crunching - US elections

50%+ The rate in which the costs for both Democratic and Republican campaigns (for the Presidential primary election, general election, and the political conventions) have risen in only eight years: $448.9 million in 1996, $649.5 million in 2000, and $1.01 billion in 2004. $ 4.2 million The amount of money Ron Paul raised on a single day (November 5, 2007) through Internet donations. It was the highest rate in US history. 65% Percentage of respondents in an ABC News poll who stated that they follow the 2008 election closely. The Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November of every 4th year year: Election Day 122,295,345 The 2004 voter turnout representing 56.69% of eligible voters 68,838,204 The 1960 voter turnout representing 63.06% of eligible voters $717.9 million Total spending by Presidential candidates in 2004 17 The number of presidential elections in which the winner did not receive a majority of the popular vote cast. The first of these was John Quincy Adams in the election of 1824, and the most recent was George W. Bush in 2000. 132 The number of rooms in the White House, which spread across 55,000 square feet 18-17 The Democrat-Republican Presidential elections score, respectively. (Includes wins generated by the 19th century "Democratic-republicans" party, which is now just called the Democratic Party. 58,000+ The number of absentee ballots sent to the Postal Service and never received in the 2004 race. 41.9 million The number of 18-29 year old citizens in the US, or 21 percent of the overall electorate (2006 figures). 35+ million Representing the "Millennial Generation" - youth between the ages of 9-17 years who will become potential voters over the next several years. In 2008, millennial citizens 18-31 years of age will be nearly 50-million strong. 67% Turnout rate for non-Hispanic whites in 2004 vote, 60 percent for blacks, 44 percent for Asians and 47 percent for Hispanics (of any race). 79% The highest citizen-voting rate in the 2004 elections, which was recorded in Minnesota. North Dakota had the highest citizen-registration rate at 89%.