Scotland's Leader Alex Salmond Wins Debate on Independence Vote

August 26, 2014 9:52 AM

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Scotland's Leader Alex Salmond Wins Debate on Independence Vote

Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond emphatically won a final televised debate Monday, but it was not unclear if his performance would be enough to achieve victory in next month’s historic referendum on whether to split from Britain. The first minister triumphed in a series of ill-tempered clashes with Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together anti-independence movement. “It’s our time, let’s seize it with both hands,” Salmond told the Glasgow audience.

A snap Guardian/ICM poll after the debate found that 71 percent of more than 500 respondents judged that Salmond had won, against 29 percent who backed Darling. However, polling expert John Curtice, a professor at Glasgow’s Strathclyde University, questioned whether it would be enough to sway voters...

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