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Halfway point: candidates running long

By RICHARD ROEPER

We’re near the halfway point of the debate, which is already running long, ala the Academy Awards. Maybe they should have had an orchestra in the pit to “play off” the candidates when their speeches ran long.

We’ll see how it goes in the next 45 minutes or so, but barring a major swing in momentum, I’m predicting the majority of pundits and the majority of instant polls will determine Romney the winner. He seems more poised, more fired up and more focused than the president, who is surprisingly flat so far.