Do the G.O.P. Debates Really Matter? – The New Yorker

In one sense, of course, the debates do matter. To the extent that people (particularly donors and bookers for television shows) base their thoughts and decisions on the post-debate commentary taking place in the media, a performance that reporters and pundits consider to be powerful can give a candidate a boost, and a performance that is perceived as weak can do damage. Particularly for candidates trailing in the polls, this is important.

Source: Do the G.O.P. Debates Really Matter? – The New Yorker

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