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October 05, 2012


Did the Debate Hurt Obama?

Although everyone wants to see if President Obama's weak performance in Wednesday's debate eroded his lead, we'll have to wait until next week for reliable polling data.

First Read: "And trust us: They will be PLENTY of polls for everyone to see. But realistically, the first polls you should trust that will absorb the ENTIRE impact of the debate and post-debate are the runs released no sooner than Tuesday... You want surveys that were actually in the field Sunday and Monday."

Charlie Cook: "It would take a very consequential event to change the trajectory of this race. Time will tell whether Romney's strong debate performance on Wednesday night was the event that he needed -- particularly in swing states such as Ohio. But at least he energized his supporters and sent a clear message that the race is not over."












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