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WaPo Tried To Count People Protesting, Their Range Was Almost Larger Than Wyoming

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

The Washington Post released “conservative” estimates for the total number of attendees of political rallies in April on Monday, and the range between its low and high estimates is nearly equal to the entire population of Wyoming.

The Post reported that between 637,198 and 1,181,887 individuals attended the 950 protests, demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and rallies in the United States in April 2017. The range for the Post’s estimates is a staggering 544,689.

That figure is nearly equal to the entire population of Wyoming. The United States Census Bureau estimates that around 585,501 people lived in Wyoming in 2016, just around 40,000 shy of WaPo’s projections. Essentially, The Post could be off in its estimation by nearly every man, woman and child living in the state of Wyoming.

Arguably the best part of The Post’s write up is that the paper allows for its estimates to be off, but not on the low-end. The Post includes a caveat that its estimates could be off, because it was “likely that there were far more participants.”

The Post also adds a few more non-human participants in April’s grand total, including “a few penguins” in its total head count for the March for Science.

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