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Local election officials talk about Wednesday night debate

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LAWTON, Okla_Wednesday night marks the first presidential debate before the November 6th election.

The economy will be the prime topic and millions will be tuning in to see what President Obama and Mitt Romney have on their agendas for our country's future.

As the deadline for voting registration nears, it is now more important than ever to win voter support.

Many of you may already have your mind made up as far as who has your vote this November, but during Wednesday night's debate, the candidates aren't just looking to solidify their stance within their individual parties.

Experts view tonight as a prime opportunity to speak to those who are undecided or even unregistered and get them to pledge allegiance to their campaign. Comanche County Republican Party Chairman Ed Petersen said Romney has a tough task ahead of him.

"He needs to come across to the people as presidential which he did I believe at the convention but he has to keep that high ground if you will."

The hot button topic is the economy. And Petersen believes Romney's got this one in the bag.

"His strong suit is economics. He's been a businessman. He's run companies. He knows how to make those kinds of decisions and there's quite a contrast with Mr. Obama who has only been in government."

Democratic Party member Mark Ashton said don't count President Obama out.

"The President understands the struggle, been in the struggle, he's seen the struggle, he empathizes with people in the struggle and I think that Mr. Romney although he could try to identify with that he doesn't have that personal experience."

Ashton also urges those who may see President Obama as a personality rather than a president to take a closer look.

"His image or personality didn't get the affordable health care act passed, his image or personality didn't result in the Wall Street restrictions and protections for the public being passed nor for getting after Bin Laden. These are things he's actually accomplished."

Regardless of which side you're on it should be quite a show.

"The strength of the content should favor Romney. But the strength of the personality would certainly help the President. So it's going to be an interesting debate for that reason," Petersen said.

Oklahoma has had nearly 68,000 voters register since January and more than 21,000 in September alone, so it's fair to say Oklahoma has caught election fever.

The deadline to register to vote for the November election is October 12th. You can do so at the election board office at your County Courthouse, Monday through Friday.

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