by Scoobie Davis
I thought Kerry was a lot stronger in the debate but I acknowledge that I was rooting for Kerry big time. But I heard on ABC that their poll found that Kerry beat Bush by 46 to 37 percent. The Gallup Poll was more impressive (Update--via Atrios: the Gallup poll numbers were Kerry 53 to Bush's 37 and CBS Kerry: 44; Bush: 26; and Tie: 30. Woo Hoo!!!!
MSNBC (without Frank Luntz) was doing focus group work in Stark County, Ohio. Stark County is a bellwether county in Ohio. According to the respondents I saw, Kerry did really well (UPDATE: Kevin Berger has more info). I think fondly about Stark County--I did my first film work there. I had a friend who was a production assistant for the documentary Go Tigers! (about the Massillon Washington high school football team) and he asked me if I wanted to help him. I agreed. He offered to pay in either cash or weed but I was so excited about working on a film that I did it for free.