Pundits have declared the winners, but voters will have the ultimate say.
OSU Political Science Professor Jim Foster says the jury is still out whether these events persuade many voters. "I think first we need to think about these events not like academic debate or reasoned discourse. We should think of them as theater and performance art. People are scoring the nature of the performance or personality that comes off the TV cameras."
Foster says these debates are more to stir up the bas e of each party than to sway any undecided voters.