Running The Numbers On The Protest So Far
I could't be in Columbus for the protest today, but I have been closely following the developments on Twitter for the past hour or so. And because I just happened to have some numbers from last falls election close at hand, I've noticed something I find rather amazing.
The conservative official estimate of the crowd at the Statehouse seems to be 8,500 at the moment. The Unions are tossing around the figure of 20,000+.
Just to be on the safe side, let's stick with the 8,500 estimate for the moment. Looking at the election results from last year, the difference in votes between John Kasich and Ted Strickland amounted 77,127.
When you throw those together, it means that the equivalent of a double digit percentage (11.02%) of John Kasich's margin of victory is outside the Statehouse protesting.
If you replace the 8,500 estimate with 20,000, the percentage rises all the way to 25.93%.
And again, these are just the people standing in and around the Statehouse.