Did you see the Republican presidential debate last night? If not, we have the replay for you. If you did, how did you like it? Do you think there were any pivotal moments?
I’ve been busy listening and learning about the candidates, and the debate was very helpful. FOX News moderators were effective in stirring up controversy among the candidates. The candidates expressed themselves well. And the audience was very engaged.
The debates have a significant impact on elections. According to National Review:
“If numbers don’t lie, then tonight’s GOP primary debate will definitely affect the presidential race.
Consider these numbers: 4 percent and 8 percent. The former was Herman Cain’s standing in a Fox News poll before his knockout performance at the South Carolina debate in May. The latter was his rating in a Gallup poll fielded a couple weeks after. What’s more, pollsters started including Cain as an option only after that debate.
Michele Bachmann’s commanding performance at the New Hampshire debate in June had a similar impact on her poll numbers: The day before the contest, a Gallup poll pegged her support at 5 percent. But when Rasmussen conducted a poll the day after, her support skyrocketed to 19 percent.
‘Each time there’s been a debate where almost all of the candidates have been there, it moved the needle for one of the candidates in the race,’ observes former Iowa gubernatorial nominee Doug Gross. ‘I think this one will, too.’”