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The myth behind 'winning' the debate

It's doubtful that the debate makes or breaks a presidential candidate. History provides examples

A CNN/ORC poll found that 62 per cent of those who watched Monday's TV debate said Mrs Clinton did better, compared to 27 per cent for Mr Trump. Other polls had similar results.


LET'S start by challenging a myth about American presidential campaigns: No one really "wins" a presidential debate, if by "winning" we mean that the candidate's performance in the Super Bowl of the presidential campaign improves his or her chances of winning the election.

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