Numbers tell so much of the story of the 2016 election:
▪ 31: The number of minutes some unprepared Missouri voters will need to complete the lengthy ballot Tuesday, according to election officials. Be forewarned. Lines could be long at rush hour.
▪ $6.6 billion: The projected estimate of the total cost of the races for president and Congress this cycle. The total doesn’t include state races, such as contests for governor.
▪ $86.5 million: The projected increase over 2012.
▪ $75 million: The estimated total cost of this year’s U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander (includes money from independent groups). That’ll easily be a Missouri record.
▪ 11.9: The percentage of all political donations from the nation’s top 100 donor families so far this cycle. Talk about the outsized influence of a small number of donors. We’re talking about folks such as the Soros family, the Bloombergs and the Steyers.
▪ 5.6: The percentage the top 100 families gave in the 2012 cycle.
▪ $498 million: The amount Hillary Clinton had received in donations, based on the latest figures.
▪ $248 million: The amount of money Donald Trump had received in donations.
▪ $66 million. The amount Trump had donated to his own campaign. He had vowed to contribute $100 million.
▪ $64.9 million: The amount Wall Street had contributed to Clinton, her highest industry total.
▪ $2.4 million: The amount Trump had received from real estate interests, his highest industry total (outside of retired persons, who had given him $18.2 million).
▪ 83: Blunt’s percentage score from the American Conservative Union for his 2015 votes, the latest score available. The overall average was 44 percent. The Republican average was 79 percent, meaning Blunt was slightly more conservative than the average GOPer.
▪ 88: Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran’s American Conservative Union score from 2015.
▪ 88: Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder’s ACU score from 2015.
▪ 65: Missouri Rep. Sam Graves’ ACU score from 2015.
▪ 0: Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s ACU score from 2015.
▪ 1.2 million: The estimated number of registered Missouri voters likely to skip voting Tuesday.
▪ 500,000: The estimated number of registered Kansans likely to skip voting Tuesday.
▪ 17.9: The percentage of registered Kansas voters who had cast advance ballots (either by mail or in person) as of Thursday.
▪ 80,000: The increase in the number of advance votes in Kansas this year over 2012.
▪ 0: The number of advance votes in Missouri. The state still lacks advance voting, although absentee ballots are allowed.
▪ $27.6 million: The amount Missouri gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster, a Democrat, has raised so far.
▪ $17.8 million: The amount Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens, a Republican, has raised so far.
▪ 14: The number of points Trump led Clinton in Missouri, according to a Monmouth University poll out this week. Democrats and Republicans agree that any number over 10 spells trouble for down-ballot Democrats.
▪ 71: The percentage turnout forecast for Tuesday in Missouri.
▪ 72: The percentage turnout forecast in Kansas.
▪ 38. The percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds who voted in the 2012 presidential election.
▪ 70: The percentage of those 65 and older who voted in 2012. Similar numbers are expected this year.
▪ 17: The number of Republican presidential candidates this year, the largest field in history.
▪ 1916: The last year a Democratic candidate for president carried Johnson County. (Woodrow Wilson)
▪ 805,525: The number of registered Republicans in Kansas this fall.
▪ 449,313: The number of registered Democrats in Kansas this fall. Independent voters totaled 542,351. (Missouri voters don’t register by party.)