Explanation of the Debate Scoring System
used on 'The Green Papers'


Each Debate has been divided into "Rounds" based on the format of the given debate, the topic/question involved and the subsequent "give-and-take" as a given topic unfolds or after a question has been answered during any rebuttal and follow-up. Each such "Round" will be scored under Boxing's so-called Ten Point Must System, in which the winner of a round must be given 10 points (hence the name) and the losing opponent in that same round is then given a lesser number in relative comparison to the 10 always given to the winner of a particular round. The points from all the "Rounds" in each Debate will be toted up at the end of the Debate in order to then determine an overall Debate "winner".

The scoring of Debates on 'The Green Papers' will be based solely on how each candidate has stated his case and- perhaps more importantly in such Debates nowadays- just how well each candidate handles the slings and arrows of his opponent in the course of a given "Round" of the Debate. Please note that the score of a given "Round" is NOT determined through judging the policy positions of the candidates, nor is the relative veracity of any statements made by the candidates themselves here being judged. The use of this "Ten Point Must" scoring system is, therefore, solely an aid to judging how each candidate presented their arguments in a given "Round"-- not whether or not these arguments themselves might be valid!: it is also not at all used to judge the performance or appearance of each candidate as such.

Where a given "Round" seems a very close call- virtually a tie (under "Ten Point Must", not only must the winner of a "Round" be given 10 points, the loser must not be given more than 9), the criterion utilized to determine a winner in such a "Round" will be that the candidate who most effectively appealed to the average undecided American voter re: a given issue, topic or question gets the 10 points and the other is, by the very rules of "Ten Point Must", left with (sorry!) only 9. A clearly decisive winning of a "Round" by a candidate, meanwhile, will produce a score of 10-8.

Only where a candidate losing a "Round" has done especially badly in that "Round" will a score of 10-7 ever occur (and it would be rather improbable for a candidate to only receive 6 or fewer points in any "Round" he might lose-- yet an especially atrocious/obnoxious statement or huge gaffe by a candidate losing a "Round" could conceivably result in such a lopsided score: it would have to be a most horrendous error, however!)


  2008 General Election Home  
  U.S. Senate Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Gubernatorial Popular Vote by Party  
  U.S. House Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Close Contests Summary - Decision by 2% or less  
  Contests Where No Candidate Received a Majority  
Electoral College
  Allocation       How Appointed       Meeting Place (15 December)  
  Duly Appointed Electors       Tabulation by Congress (8 January 2009)  
  THE "FAITHLESS ELECTORS" - Presidential Electors who have defected in the past  
  May Electors Defect?  
  "APPARENT" ELECTORAL VOTE for President of the United States: 1856 to present  
  ELECTORAL VOTE for President of the United States (as pledged and as officially counted)  
  ELECTORAL VOTE for Vice President of the United States (as pledged and as officially counted)  
  Contests to Watch and Polling Data  
2008 Primaries and Runoffs for Statewide offices/Congress
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically   --   Poll Closing Times  
General Election Poll Closing Times
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically   --   Electoral College  
  President (Details)     Governors     Senate     House  
  Senators by 'Class'  
  Governors by election 'cycle'  
  Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance   --   Senatorial Primaries at a Glance  
  Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats (the incumbent is not running for re-election)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with no incumbent running for them  
  Uncontested Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats (one candidate running for office)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with multiple incumbents running for them  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with only one major party candidate running for office  
  2008 Partisan Composition by State  
  Political Parties  
  Senate Electoral Classes  
  1976-2004 Presidential Election State Voting Trends  
  Relative Political Party Strength in each State per Federal/State Elections  
  Explanation of the Debate Scoring System