What a week to be a math geek.
That’s often the case when votes are being tabulated in a presidential election year. And it’s been increasingly so with our nation split so evenly between red and blue, culminating with this year’s mathematical lollapalooza.
And I’ve had a lot of fun, to be honest, following the state-by-state returns, doing the calculations along with TV analysts, looking at the margins between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, taking the number of votes yet to be counted and figuring out the percentage one candidate needed to pass the other.
What did Biden have to do to overcome his deficit in Pennsylvania? How big a share of the remaining votes did Trump require to come back in Arizona? Were there enough votes left in Georgia for Biden to catch the president? And along the way, you find satisfaction in learning about