After Wednesday’s debate, commentators on every major news station chimed in with their opinions on which presidential candidate proved to have the strongest night discussing the major topics of the final debate. The general consensus of most major polls seemed to lead towards a wider margin of support for Democratic candidate Barack Obama. According to CNN polls on electoral votes, Obama is projected to be leading for key battle ground states with 277 electoral votes. McCain trails behind with 174. Many have suggested that Wednesday’s debate had little positive impact on Senator McCain’s campaign. As stated by CNN Senior Analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, “The debate simply just didn’t change anyone’s mind.”
Questions have been asked regarding what McCain can do to change the atmosphere of his campaign and prove victorious on Election Day. The range of suggestions include concentrating more on the plight of the middle class, and appealing to the public with a mandate for changing the views of the 90% of Americans who feel the country is off track. Some have labeled McCain’s most important challenge for the days leading up to November 4 as proving to America somehow that the race is not yet over.