Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), who laments how debates have “nationalized the race,” hopes both parties get control next time. He thinks voters ask better questions than debate moderators.

“It definitely changed the feel of New Hampshire,” he said. “The point of small states going early is that voters on the ground here get to kick the tires in person.”

Karl Rove, the influential GOP operative who wrote an opinion piece last month in The Wall Street Journal arguing that this cycle’s plethora of debates has been “too much of a good thing,” noted some striking math. Of January’s 31 days — with serious political work hard to do on New Year’s Day — four are election days, and six are debate days. This leaves only 20 days for regular campaigning, he noted, and several of those will be eaten up for most candidates by debate preparation.