As I work through the various articles about the so-called debate being released today, I am comfortable referring readers to a previous post here about the Princeton Election Consortium's view on pundit reactions. I do recognize that some pundits have very useful and even pungent things to say today and I value their words.
As for the effect on the race, I believe Dr. Wang's words ring true today. (See previous post below.)
(Dr. Sam Wang is the writer at the Princeton Election Consortium web site, and its lead researcher.)