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Doyle McManus

Who won the presidential debate? Numbers will let us know

Who won the presidential debate? Numbers will let us know

Who won the second presidential debate of the 2016 campaign? The answer to that question is the same for every political debate: the winner is the one who doesn’t lose.

Three very smart journalists at the L.A. Times — Washington Bureau Chief David Lauter and political columnists Doyle McManus and Cathleen Decker — have been tasked with scoring each of the debates as they happen. They are seasoned, dispassionate observers of the political world who can think and write in the midst of clamor and tumult. On Sunday night, they rendered a unanimous judgment that Hillary Clinton won the...

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