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Nearly All Likely Ohio Voters Say They've Decided, Even Before First Debate

Neighbors on a street near the debate site at Case Western Reserve University have differing political viewpoints - and are demonstrating them with their yard signs.
Neighbors on a street near the debate site at Case Western Reserve University have differing political viewpoints - and are demonstrating them with their yard signs.

Political junkies are anxiously awaiting tonight’s first presidential debate. But while manyin the US and around the world will be watching,a lot ofAmericanswill already know who they’re planning on votingfor. 

Last week’s Quinnipiac poll of likely Ohio voters showed only three percent hadn’t made up their minds about who they’ll vote for. 

Justin Buechler is an associate professor of political science at CaseWestern Reserve University, the host site for the debate. But he saidthisdebate and the two others coming upmay not help anyonechoosetheir candidate. 

“This debate really isn't for anybody. I don't see the debates really serve any purpose whatsoever because the only people who watch them are people who are already decided," Buechler said.

Buechler said he considers about 85% of the vote in a presidential election to be decided by partisans voting for their party’s candidates.

ButBuechler said he’ll be watching the debate for the historic,funny or surprisingmoments that will makeit intocampaign ads for both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and the groups that support them.

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