Romney got 47 percent (of speaking time)

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney interrupted debate host Jim Lehrer Wednesday night. But in time at least, Obama came out ahead.

A Smart Politics analysis finds that Mitt Romney spoke for 38 minutes and 14 seconds, or 47.3 percent of the candidate-allotted speaking time - a full four minutes and 26 seconds less than Barack Obama.

Given the reviews, it doesn't seem like more was better.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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