Close Up This Week

ABC News' John Berman looks at the math behind the numbers of the GOP race.
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All year long we've seen the voters confound conventional wisdom -- one more time. That politics is a lot more art than science but our John Berman is scratching his head over -- it sometimes -- they need a map agreed to keep up with the campaigns it's and his close up. This week. What's the single most seeds still in politics this year -- Leadership. Who -- No it's -- really it's many Democrats and Republicans view. How do the math and if you don't do the math right you -- in trouble. Groups because 2012. The age of algebra campaign of calculus the great national contest -- only works. That was a good number for Herman Cain but -- -- Problematic for Mitt Romney especially when you're talking about it millionaire's tax rate closer to the 15% rate than anything. No wonder -- the cash to make 101000 dollar bet. How about Iowa the Iowa Caucuses 91 in the nation but west in addition the state -- -- -- One bite and Rick Santorum one -- 34 hope they did better on the verbal part of the -- They're probably saying in the hours -- Saturday Night Live was my understanding that there would be no matter. There is -- there's always Matt. Not bad math and Fuzzy math and how you handle it can make or break a campaign. Just -- Rick Perry it's three agencies and government when I get there that are gone. Commerce education. And they. What's the third when there. Yes there is dead number 33. Agencies -- city. Three -- Which might be considered it and take -- -- you did your. But through the little known Gingrich -- can be turned instantly positive I don't travel elite media protecting Barack Obama by -- -- And for the Obama campaign none of these numbers of greater consequence. Eight point five. The current unemployment rate in -- and fuzzier not. All these numbers eight votes 34 ballots three -- 15% eight point 5% 101000 dollar bet. Or three agencies do add up to something. 16100. 16100 Pennsylvania Avenue with the right -- one of these men we will get the air. Hope he brings calculator that's my close up on this week John Berman ABC news New York. First we remember and honor our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice. This week the Pentagon released the names of eleven soldiers and Marines killed in Afghanistan.

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