by Michael Lowrey
Political consultant Doug Raymond on Wednesday night’s debate between Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan:
From a political standpoint, both campaigns understood that these type of debates don’t attract the average voter. The vast majority of people who watched this debate are politically astute and have made their decision about this race long ago. The goal of this debate was to drive home consistent messages so the media who cover the debate have little choice but to use these carefully crafted sound bites. Votes aren’t often won or lost by those who viewed the debate, but instead by those who read or watch sound bites from the debate the following day.