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By the numbers

$5.2 billion

The amount spent on campaigns during the federal midterm election in 2018, the most ever for a midterm, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


The reported number of traffic deaths in New York City in 2018, the lowest level in a century and down from 222 in 2017.

3 million

The number of prescription opioid pills Congress says pharmaceutical distributor McKesson Corp. shipped to a single pharmacy in Kermit, W.Va., over 10 months in 2007—about 10,000 pills per day. Kermit has a population of 400.


The share of single-family homes and condos in Tennessee that are vacant, the highest statewide rate in the nation, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

5 hours, 48 minutes

The amount of time Billy Joel has spent singing “Piano Man” during his five-year residency at Madison Square Garden.