GOP Debate Reshuffles the Deck

Just as in the 2012 race for the GOP nomination and in the 2008 race before that, the debates weigh large in the minds of voters whether anointing a new frontrunner or killing the candidacy of another.

The graveyard of not-so-stellar debaters is littered with names like Bachmann, Perry, and Cain, and Wednesday’s CNN debate may prove to have added a few more.

In the early focus groups and polls taken among voters and pundits who watched the record-breaking political fight, the field appears to have shuffled significantly.

Carly Fiorina, who was at a single point in most polls little more than a month ago, offered a performance that may likely put her among the leaders in the field.

Likewise, Sen. Marco Rubio, who has struggled to break out of the middle of the pack, was a resounding favorite among viewers and may likely see a credible bump in the polls.

On the other hand, Dr. Ben Carson, who has tested the strength of Donald Trump’s lead in recent weeks, offered a performance that as described by many as “flat” and could likely send some supporters into another camp.

Similarly, Gov. Scott Walker, who only 60 days ago enjoyed a comfortable lead both in Iowa and New Hampshire, was considered underwhelming in his remarks and is threatened by a drop perhaps to the bottom of the list.