And audiences almost always judge who they believe to be the more aggressive debater as the victor.
But the number of undecided voters makes the victor difficult to predict, one pollster says.
Also in Montana, Democrats had a victor statewide in Steve Bullock, who succeeds outgoing Democratic governor Brian Schweitzer.
mid-14c., from Latin victorem (nominative victor) "a conqueror," agent noun from past participle stem of vincere "to conquer," from PIE root *weik- "to fight, conquer" (cf. Lithuanian apveikiu "to subdue, overcome," Old Church Slavonic veku "strength, power, age," Old Norse vigr "able in battle," Old English wigan "fight," Welsh gwych "brave, energetic," Old Irish fichim "I fight," second element in Celtic Ordovices "those who fight with hammers").