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In an election contested by two parties, Party D secured 12% of the total votes more than Party R. If party R got 132,000 votes, by how many votes did it lose the election?

A. 24,000
B. 36,000
C. 168,000
D. 240,000
E. 300,000
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Re: In an election contested by two parties, Party D secured 12% of the to [#permalink]

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D + R = 100 ---- (1)
D - R = 12 ---- (2)
Solving (1) and (2) D = 56% and R = 44%
44% of Total = 132000
Total = 300000

D = 168000

Difference = 168000 - 132000 = 36000

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Hi Vyshak,

Is there an alternative way to solve this problem? I'm also having trouble completing this problem quickly - going from 132,000 = (44/100)*x to finding the value of X.
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Hi Vyshak,

Is there an alternative way to solve this problem? I'm also having trouble completing this problem quickly - going from 132,000 = (44/100)*x to finding the value of X.


Hi Wilfy,

I do not know an alternate way to solve this problem without having any calculations. But, whenever there are 0's involved in the calculation, you can remove the zeros temporarily and append zeros after the calculation is completed. Here we can consider: 132 = 44 * x. So, x = 3. We can append 5 zeros after completing this small calculation.
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Re: In an election contested by two parties, Party D secured 12% of the to [#permalink]

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In an election contested by two parties, Party D secured 12% of the total votes more than Party R. If party R got 132,000 votes, by how many votes did it lose the election?

A. 24,000
B. 36,000
C. 168,000
D. 240,000
E. 300,000


We can let x = the percent of votes Party R got, and so (x + 12) = the percent of votes Party D got. We can create the equation:

x + x + 12 = 100

2x = 88

x = 44

Thus Party R got 44 percent of the votes and we are given that Party R got 132,000 votes. We can create the equation where n = the total number of votes:

0.44n = 132,000

44n = 13,200,000

n = 300,000

Since the total number of votes is 300,000, and Party R lost by 12% of the total votes, thus Party R lost by

0.12 x 300,000 = 36,000 votes

Answer: B
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