Debates losing steam?

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum hugs his wife, Karen during a stop at his campaign field office, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Grands Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

From The Associated Press: Debates were not an important factor in most voters’ decisions. About 34 percent in Michigan and 45 percent in Arizona said debates were an important factor, well off the debate high-point notched in Florida and South Carolina, where more than 6 in 10 called debates leading up to those primaries an important factor in their vote. At the same time there were fewer late-deciders in these two states than in any previous contest measured with an exit poll.

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