I watched the last Romney-Obama debate. And watched the after debate spinners attempting to spin it their way. Neither man made a fatal gaffe or landed a knockout blow. Watching these things is like watching a bullfight. You are waiting for someone to get gored.
Well, that didn't happen. Romney came on as presidential, well informed, and reasonable. He ain't gonna take us to war anywhere. Obama did OK, defending the weak record of his administration. He made the best of a bad situation. The moderator, some old white haired coot from CBS news, was a lot better than the last one, Candy Crowley. He had better questions and he didn't jump into the debate himself the way Candy did last time. We TV viewers want to hear what the candidates have to say, we don't care what the moderator wants to say. We don't like the moderator taking air time away from the candidates.
I'll score this one as even-stephen. Each man's "base" will say (and think) their man did well. I don't think there are many undecided voters left, so it's hard say what the effect on undecided or independents might be. We will know in a couple of weeks.