Everyone wants to know if the last leaders’ debate on the economy broke the three-way logjam in the election race.
What did each leader need to do to give his team the momentum? Harper had to reboot his campaign and had the perfect topic and home turf on which to do it, but did he set himself apart with something new, or were warnings about change and a status-quo pitch enough?
Did Mulcair make sure he didn’t look too risky to run a national economy, while at the same time hitting Trudeau hard enough to knock him out of the race to be the agent of change?
Did Trudeau look competent on economic issues and ready to be in the room, taking on Harper on these fundamental issues? Avoiding a blunder and trying to outflank Mulcair on the left with feisty jabs, did Trudeau grab momentum? Or did his breathless, non-stop barrage turn people off?
A few days will start to tell the real story, but the campaigns now will turn more regional and focus on their own critical paths to victory.