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Did the debate change race?

By Halimah Abdullah, CNN updated 11:26 AM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012

Mitt Romney's solid debate performance Wednesday night gives him the type of energy and momentum that President Barack Obama now will have to work overtime to undo.

"The thing that this debate did is it gave people reasons to think about (a) President Romney," said John Geer, chairman of Vanderbilt University's political science department. "This often happens with challengers in the first debate. Now Obama needs to reconnect with the American public and (make the case of) why he should be re-elected."

According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted immediately after the debate, 67% of registered voters who watched the debate said that the Republican nominee won, with one in four saying that President Barack Obama was victorious.

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Barack Obama
44th President of the United States
Barack Obama
Campaign Finance
Total Raised, year to date:
$715,677,692.00
Total Spent:
$683,546,548.00
Cash on Hand:
$5,397,399.00
Debt:
$7,223,153.00
0
$100m
$250m
$500m

As of November 2012

Ad Spending
$325.1 Million
As of November 06, 2012
Top 5 States:
  • 1. Florida, $67.8 Million
  • 2. Ohio, $55.3 Million
  • 3. District of Columbia, $27.6 Million
  • 4. Colorado, $25.9 Million
  • 5. Nevada, $21.8 Million

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Mitt Romney
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Mitt Romney
Campaign Finance
Total Raised, year to date:
$446,135,997.00
Total Spent:
$433,281,516.00
Cash on Hand:
$12,921,629.00
Debt:
$1,200,000.00
0
$100m
$250m
$500m

As of November 2012

Ad Spending
$141.8 Million
As of November 06, 2012
Top 5 States:
  • 1. Florida, $33.7 Million
  • 2. Ohio, $25.9 Million
  • 3. District of Columbia, $14.3 Million
  • 4. Colorado, $13.5 Million
  • 5. North Carolina, $12.3 Million

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