Thursday Numbers

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include unemployment, Montana, 2020 Elections, U.S. House, women/veterans in Congress, campaign material, Jeff Sessions, voter turnout, Cascade County Sheriff, Trump vs Tester, and much more!


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


On this date (Nov. 8) in 1889, Montana was the 41st state admitted into the Union. (

You’re looking good, Montana!


There are just 726 days until the November 3, 2020, General Election.

Of course, this will be the most important election of our lifetime…


The U.S. House will be controlled by the Democrats in the next Congress. As of this morning, the Democrats have 224 seats in the U.S. House to the GOP’s 198. There are several races yet to be decided. (Politico)

The Republicans will control the U.S. Senate in the next Congress.


There are still some races to be decided, but it looks like there will be at least 118 women serving in 116th Congress, bringing the share of women legislators to at least 22 percent. (NBC News)

We need more women in Congress!


There are still some races to be decided, but that’s how many veterans will be part of the 116th session of Congress in January. (MilitaryTimes)

We need more veterans in elected office!


That’s how many pieces of campaign material I received at my house regarding candidates or issues on the November ballot.

None of it changed my mind…


Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (Jeff Sessions) who was the 84th Attorney General of the United States from 2017 to 2018 was fired by President Donald Trump on Wednesday. (The Hill)

TWW Prediction: Other top officials to be fired.


As of this morning, that’s the voter turnout (69.76%) for Tuesday’s election in Montana. That is 496,215 voters. (MT SoS)

This will change as votes are still being counted…


Jesse Slaughter (D) defeated Bob Rosipal (R) for Cascade County (Great Falls) Sheriff 53% – 47%. (KRTV) Slaughter defeated current Sheriff Bob Edwards in the primary.

Slaughter ran a better campaign…


President Donald J. Trump campaigned in Montana four times against U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D) in this election cycle, plus Trump’s son and Vice President Pence visited the state several times to campaign for Tester’s opponent, Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

Tons of money was spent in the state on both sides. My final prediction was Tester would win by 4%. He currently leads 50.1% to 47.0%. I also predicted that Tester would end up for the first time with over 50% of the vote. We’ll see if he stays about above 50%.

Jon Tester won a third term. This race was going to be close no matter, so I am not sure that Trump’s visits made that much of a difference – they may have helped Tester more. Votes are still being tabulated, but as of this morning, Tester is leading Rosendale by about 15,300 votes. He won his 2012 election by about 18,000 votes.

Congratulations to Team Tester for their hard-earned victory.



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Doug – Maybe they can stoke the fear for another 727 days until the 2020 election… Thanks, -JmB

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