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October 22, 2012: Third Presidential Debate

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How the four debates shaped the 2012 presidential race, and what may happen next

By Tom Cohen, CNN updated 3:58 PM EDT, Wed October 24, 2012

Mitt Romney waited until the presidential debates in the final five weeks of the election campaign to make his long-anticipated shift to the political center after previously espousing strongly conservative stances to win the Republican nomination.

The move appeared to catch President Barack Obama by surprise at their first face-to-face match up. His lackluster performance against a strong showing by Romney helped the former Massachusetts governor to catch, and in some places, pass the president in the polls.

The roller-coaster ride of the 2012 campaign has been particularly volatile because of the more than two dozen debates dating back to last year, including three presidential showdowns...

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Barack Obama
44th President of the United States
Barack Obama
Campaign Finance
Total Raised, year to date:
$715,677,692.00
Total Spent:
$683,546,548.00
Cash on Hand:
$5,397,399.00
Debt:
$7,223,153.00
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$250m
$500m

As of November 2012

Ad Spending
$325.1 Million
As of November 06, 2012
Top 5 States:
  • 1. Florida, $67.8 Million
  • 2. Ohio, $55.3 Million
  • 3. District of Columbia, $27.6 Million
  • 4. Colorado, $25.9 Million
  • 5. Nevada, $21.8 Million

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Mitt Romney
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Mitt Romney
Campaign Finance
Total Raised, year to date:
$446,135,997.00
Total Spent:
$433,281,516.00
Cash on Hand:
$12,921,629.00
Debt:
$1,200,000.00
0
$100m
$250m
$500m

As of November 2012

Ad Spending
$141.8 Million
As of November 06, 2012
Top 5 States:
  • 1. Florida, $33.7 Million
  • 2. Ohio, $25.9 Million
  • 3. District of Columbia, $14.3 Million
  • 4. Colorado, $13.5 Million
  • 5. North Carolina, $12.3 Million

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