by user Mjhasley
Round One is over. The Dems and the Reps have both had their debates and I think overall, the Republicans won the first round, but I don't think it's anywhere enough to overcome the Democratic advantage.
I'll admit, I didn't watch the democratic debate, but read a lot about it. While it's clear that polls are unclear on who won the debate, Clinton or Obama, I think it is clear that those are the only two candidates with a chance to win the primaries. I believe Clinton and Obama pulled away from Edwards and Richardson. This being said, Al Gore could turn into the #3 candidate.
Not so for the Republicans. The top 3 did fine in the debate. It's too close to call for who won. Romney did well enough to add supporters, as did Giuliani while probably not alienating the Republican base. I don't think McCain earned new supporters yet, but he probably didn't lose support. But what was with his arms?
I think the second tier Republicans did a better job at keeping up with the leaders than the democrats did. Huckabee, Thompson, and Brownback all did well. I was surprised at Thompson. At first, he seemed wooden, but he warmed up and often gave sound answers.
The one thing I watched for was whether the candidates answered the question that was asked. Overall, they did a good job at doing that though sometimes they answered the question quickly, and spent more time on a previous question.
The losers where Gilmore who didn't even answer the first question correctly and Tancredo who seemed to have a hard time getting his words out.
Earlier I wrote, who would fill the shoes of Reagan? I don't think anyone has taken that role yet. Fred Thompson could be that candidate. Rumor has it he'll announce in June or July.
In the end, it appears as if Clinton and Obama have solidified the top tier while Romney, Rudy, and McCain have more to prove.
For other articles about the campaign, and my look at social networking in the campaign, go to my blog