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Editor's Note: Poll gives debate to Snyder

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

Who wins a candidate debate is one of the most spun questions in politics. For example, after Sunday night's town hall face-off between Gov. Rick Snyder and challenger Mark Schauer, the Democrat's surrogate, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, declared her man had scored a "knockout." But what did voters think?

Pollster Steve Mitchell asked them. Here's what he found: 42 percent gave the night to Snyder, 30 percent to Schauer, and 18 percent declared it a draw. Mitchell noted the TV audience skewed Democratic — 44 percent to 35 percent Republican, and yet the governor still won.

Among the all-important independent voters, 48 percent said Snyder was the victor, and 17 percent went with Schauer.

If there was a knockout, it was delivered by the governor.