“Trump was in control and dominated the moderator, his opponent and the debate,” said CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie in a post-debate interview with NewsMax’s John Gizzi.
“For those voters who want to change our country’s leadership Trump helped them feel that he was an acceptable alternative. Trump tonight did what Reagan did in 1980 for those undecided voters –he showed he was an acceptable alternative,” observed Viguerie.
And post-debate polling appears to back-up Mr. Viguerie’s observations.
According to a Breitbart/Gravis “flash poll” conducted minutes after the debate ended, two percent of voters, previously undecided, switched to Trump after the debate. No undecideds went to Clinton. One percent switched from Trump to Clinton, and one percent switched from Clinton to Trump.
“Trump won on the most critical factor, on whether Clinton or Trump was more ‘plausible’ as president, 46 percent to her 42 percent,” said Democratic pollster Pat Caddell in analyzing the poll results.
“That for him is really what this debate was really about,” said Caddell.
And on key questions Trump also came out ahead in surprising ways.
On the question “Who showed that they care about people like you?” Trump won that 49 percent to 44 percent for her,” Caddell said.