HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This election is turning into a political dogfight. If you turn on your tv tonight, you'll probably get caught watching the last presidential debate.
But it seems like everyone gets so caught up in supporting their candidate, it's easy to feel like the debates are a battle between good and evil.
But WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Dr. Jess Brown says that keeps people from seeing the real outcome of the debates.
He says, "The moment the show starts, they're going to say either Romney is good and Obama is bad or Obama is Good and Romney is bad. And they'll filter every factoid through those thick partisan blinders."
In fact, the debates really target a tiny portion voters.
Dr. Brown adds, "The spectrum of undecided voters is very, very, very, very small at this point. I would say less than 10%."
That means candidates need to be careful not to aggravate their base while trying to win over the independently-minded, but they also have to make sure not to scare off the undecideds while inspiring their base.
So how can candidates win over those in the middle?
Dr. Brown says, "For Romney, he simply seems to continue to look presidential, seems informed on these issues."
As for the president, Dr. Brown adds, "He needs to do very well in this debate, because the first debate was just devastating for him."
We're closing in on this election, and candidates are targeting those last few votes heavily.