The Presidential primary debates do matter ... sort of

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Media Outlet: Fortune

“They are just a small part of a bigger picture that voters develop,” Julian Zelizer says of debates, adding that he doesn’t believe that “any debate can really be a game changer and fundamentally shift the electorate.”

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Julian Zelizer is a fellow in New America's Political Reform program. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and writes a weekly column for CNN.com.