John McCain did well in the debate and will give his supporters enough ammunition to claim victory. Barack Obama also performed well enough to satisfy his supporters. So, a tie, right?
Well, not so quickly. The debate is not only to solidify the support you have going in, but to convince undecided and independent voters that you are the right choice. And this is where Obama won.
Undecided voters saw the younger Obama hold his own against McCain in areas that were supposed to be McCain's greatest strengths. That's a win for Obama. Not a knock-out, but a win where it counts.