Sacramento Democrats Enjoy First Debate in Large Numbers

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SACRAMENTO --

Democrats watching Tuesday night's CNN presidential debate at restaurants and bars around Sacramento said the forum was helpful in providing the information they need to choose a candidate.

FOX40 visited Alley Katz in Midtown before the debate where hundreds of people attended a viewing party hosted by Sacramento for Bernie. Organizers said 500 people RSVP'd.

"I haven't seen this kind of action since 2007," said Tristan Brown of Sacramento for Bernie. "The height of the excitement people have for a candidate."

Over at Simon's, a viewing party hosted by the Sacramento County Young Democrats also drew hundreds. Loyalties at the event were largely divided among the front-runners.

"If we're counting the cheers, I'd say that it's pretty even between Bernie and Hillary," said event organizer Mikey Hothi.

After the debate, some in the crowd at Simon's said Hillary Clinton came across stronger, more personable and experienced, while others said Bernie Sanders won with his progressive platforms, plain talk, and rejection of big money in politics.

The candidates not named Clinton or Sanders did not get much reaction from the crowd.

"Nobody really paid attention to them," said one attendee of those other candidates. "I feel like they just didn't stand out."

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