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Will You Be Watching the Debate or Have You Already Voted?

With 29 states, including Georgia, already voting, just how much of an influence is the final debate likely to have on the election?

The final debate before the official 2012 Election Day will be tonight, but just how many votes will it really affect?

According to a story on NBC News, both campaigns have been working hard on the early vote, something that the Obama campaign did very well on in 2008. With 29 of the 31 states that vote early with the polls already open, many voters have already made up their minds and voted that choice. NBC reports that early voting is already on a par, possibly exceeding, 2008 levels when the Obama campaign was crediting with being able to take advantage of getting early voters to the polls. It reports that the Romney campaign is on to the secret this time around, however, and is already working feverishly on a ground game to do the same.

So this begs the question, will you be watching the final debate with hopes of figuring out who to vote for tonight? Or will it make no difference because you’ve already voted?

Paula Girard October 22, 2012 at 03:58 PM
We have both voted, but will still be watching.
christie October 22, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Will make no difference, I will still watch to see how it goes. I have not voted but nothing tonight can change my mind.
Wanda Rice October 22, 2012 at 06:35 PM
My vote was cast as soon as early voted opened last week. How much is your candidate's position really going to change from one debate to the next? Their platform was formed months ago, not 2 minutes before they hit the cameras. Informed voters research the issues and candidates on the ballot. But if you need the Hollywood snapshot of what a candidate/issue supposedly stands for, then by all means waste time in front of the TV. Words are spun and twisted just as easily on the spot as they are the morning after.
Michael k October 22, 2012 at 07:33 PM
What do you mean a candidate's position doesn't change from one debate to the next. Mitt Romney's position change during the debate and after-party spin. Don't you recall from the first debate Mitt's "people with pre-existing conditions will be covered in my plan", only to be outdone by his spinners saying "only people with continuous insurance coverage can be covered if they have pre-existing conditions". I'm going to watch to see if at the start of the debate Mitt declares Russia to be our biggest geo-political foe only to switch to Iran or China or North Korea or Lichtenstein by the time the debate has finished.
Joe October 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I don't care if Romney refuses to speak at all. He has my vote. When something obviously doesn't work it is time for a change. We need Obama building Habitat for Humanity with Carter.
George Wilson October 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I'm just not sure which version of Romney we will see tonight. It is always a surprise.The 2.0 version at the first debate sure beat the 1.0 version in the primary as he moved from the extreme right towards the center.My guess is that if he comes out with the 1.0 neocon version he will lose the debate because I don't think America wants another war in the middle east. Maybe he will develop a 3.0 version and we can all stay confused as to who the real Mitt Romney is.Obama has four years experience as a President and has done a great job.We don't have to guess as to which version shows up.
Winston Bent October 22, 2012 at 08:48 PM
My wife and I voted today. We are in with Willard Mitt Romney. There is not a better choice at this time. You will never find that one candidate with all the attributes we are looking for. This might not have been heard before, however, I think Mitt Romney is a progressive conservative.
Steve R. October 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I'm just not sure which version of Obama's lie about Libya we are going to hear tonight. Apparently, the State Department is now saying that they no longer have the live feed recorded during the "Terrorist Attack" on our Consulate in Libya September 11th of this year. Obama and his administration totally screwed this up from the beginning. When Obama is questioned about it tonight, he will probably pee his pants. Either way, he will try to blame Bush or Romney for his failed foreign policies. What a useless excuse of a man Obama is. His minions though still feel so proud to back such a loser. Okay, whatever.
Michael k October 22, 2012 at 09:13 PM
A progressive conservative? Isn't that a progressive regressive? What progressive position has Romney taken? That he thinks it is ok for a female to leave the office at 5 to get home and cook dinner? That's cutting edge progressive for Ward Cleaver.
YT October 23, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I have already voted
Sportsfan October 23, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I voted already and I intend to watch Obama lose.
Jo Cooper October 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
My vote is for America and Mitt. Obama is an anti-American, Muslim, Socialist and those simple minded who can't see that are pitiful.
bobby black October 23, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I can't believe anyone could have their mind changed by these debates. Everything going on for almost the last 4 years would tell me who to vote for. I can't believe anyone would want 4 more years of Obama.
Joe Taxpayer October 24, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I believe the ones who have already voted did so to keep those lifetime welfare checks and obummer minutes coming. GOD help us TAXPAYERS if we find life on other planets - he'll find a way to put them on welfare to buy their votes. His policies are a disgrace to all tax paying AMERICANS.
Joe Taxpayer October 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM
You said it Bobby. A muslim is a muslim is a muslim.

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