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Local Voters React to First Presidential Debate

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Thousands in Northern Nevada were glued to their television sets, while other supporters gathered together to watch their candidate Wednesday night.

We watched the first half of the debate with the Republicans, and the second half with the Democrats.

Supporters on both sides say their candidate came away victorious.

Mitt Romney supporters were fired up watching Wednesday night's much-anticipated debate.

"Obama keeps repeating lie after lie after lie," says Edward Rathje.

Dozens watched closely as Romney and President Obama squared off. Romney supporters say the former Massachusetts governor won this debate.

"He's stronger than he's been, which is what I was looking for," says Charlene Bybee. "I know what his policies are."

The debate focused mostly on the economy, which is exactly these Romney supporters wanted to hear.

"I think he's got more solid facts on subsitive ways to grow the economy," says Rathje talking about Romney. "The government cannot be a leech on private enterprise."

While the Republicans applauded their candidate, Democrats did the same for theirs. President Obama supporters say Romney frequently misspoke, where as the president did not.

"He didn't lose his footing," says Catana Barnes. "There were a couple times that Mitt Romney would revert back to what President Obama said before."

One member of the Washoe County Democratic Party says President Obama was the winner of the debate. He says the president responded well to the debate moderator's questions.

"Obama, he's good," says Rudy Viola. "He knows what he's doing. He's got a plan and he can follow it."

Supporters on both sides say they are confident their candidate will win the November election.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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