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Debates could impact undecided voters

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

Monday's presidential debate is a final chance for voters to get a look at the candidates.

According to Nielsen, more than 65 million people watched last week's debate.

While both sides say their candidate had the upper hand, many voters have already made up their minds and even cast their ballots.

The early voting line in Cobb County stretched outside the door last week. The voters had a chance to see the first two presidential debates, but made up their minds before the final showdown.

"But I think most people have their minds made up. The polls are pretty much even, you know. They're going a little back and forth here and there. But they've been pretty much even," said Elizabeth Scott.

While some say Monday's debate won't sway them either way, others say the debates are just too scripted to make an informed decision on the candidates.

"They say what people want to hear and it's more important to really know more information than just what goes on during the debate," said Jennifer Maloney.

Dr. Kerwin Swint, a professor of political science at Kennesaw State University, says even though most voters may have already made up their minds, the debates still matter.

"This year, I think, we may look back and see that these were very important. If Romney ends up winning the election, everyone's going to look back at that first debate and say that's where it all turned around for him" said Swint.

Swint is a former political campaign consultant. He says Monday's presidential debate will especially matter for those few undecided voters.

"So, this is really the tie-breaker for some independent voters, and it's the last chance for either one of them to really score political points with the other one in the same room. So, I think it is pretty important," said Swint.

The third debate will focus on foreign policy.

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