Watch Parties Energized As Presidential Candidates Battle For Swing States


UPDATED: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:35 AM

Parties in central Ohio gathered to energize their efforts and watch the presidential debates.

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talked about Ohio during their first debate. Dayton, Toledo and The Cleveland Clinic were part of the discussion.

Parties are split when it comes to the question of who "won" the debate, but all agreed on the importance of Ohio.

"Ohio is really a microcosm of the nation as a whole," Romney supporter Miranda Onnen said. "We have so many people in this state that kind of represent the different walks of life."

A junior at Ohio State, Onnen watched the debate with fellow Romney supporters.

"It just makes me optimistic because if Romney gets into office, then when I graduate as a college student it means they'll be more jobs more opportunities," Onnen said.

At the Democratic watch party, Ohio Democratic heavyweights like Ted Strickland turned out to encourage supporters.

Scott Clinger said that after the debate, he knew who would get his vote.

"Mitt Romney has given us zero specifics when it comes to the economy, and it's really important to us in Ohio," Clinger said.

A recent poll by The Columbus Dispatch shows Obama pulling ahead, with 51 percent of Ohioans supporting him.

The next presidential debate is Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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