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How Much Have the Debates Hurt Rick Perry?

- September 23, 2011

The debates have knocked his lead over Romney from 12 points to 5 points:

The graph is from political scientist Charles Franklin at PollsandVotes.  As Brendan Nyhan tweeted: <blockquote>Perry’s struggles should remind us of the skill required to be a top-tier national politician. Wesley Clark is feeling his pain right now.</blockquote>  Indeed.