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Local Reaction to the First Presidential Debate

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Both Democratic and Republican headquarters here in Erie held watch parties for the first of three Presidential Debates between President Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney.

And while people at those watch parties already have their minds made up on who they will be voting for come November 6, one watch party had a few undecided.

Dr. Kozak's political science class at Gannon University also held a watch party. Some of the students there said they weren't leaning red or blue before the debate began. But now, after listening to both candidates, they say they see things they like in both sides and still need those other two debates before they decide who they'll be voting for.

"I mean at this point, I'm still up in the air," said Gannon University Junior Ana Hameed. "Romney seems to be making some good points, but Obama seems to have a plan as to refute them. So it's still really up in the air, so we'll see."

"I pretty much like to make my decision at the end, and wait until it's all over," said Gannon University Sophomore Peter Messina. "Then I'll evaluate afterwards."

Dr. Kozak said this was Romney's night to shine. He also said that historically, the challenger does get an increase in numbers just by stepping on stage with the incumbent.

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