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LIMA — Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.Ohio voters got a good look at both Tuesday night.Throughout the region, supporters of the Democratic presidential candidates reflected on their performances Tuesday night during their last debate before Tuesday’s Ohio primary.Shane Hoback, of Wapakoneta, was conducting video conferences and posting blog entries on Obama’s Web site while watching the debate.A little more than halfway through the debate, Hoback said, he thought Obama was doing well.“On the whole, it won’t do anything at all to hurt Barack’s chances in Ohio,” said Hoback, a volunteer with Obama’s campaign field coordinators. “At this point, he’s very much on cruise control. So far, I didn’t see anything that’s going to stop his momentum.”Hoback said the real issue facing Clinton in Ohio isn’t the debate.“It’s her field organization and fundraising,” he said. “It can’t match what the Barack campaign is doing right now. Her campaign can’t match the phone calls, the doors they’re knocking on, the rallies being held. … Those are the things that are creating the momentum for Barack in Ohio”Supporters of Clinton, however, didn’t agree.During a debate watch party at Beer Barrel Pizza in Lima, about 20 people gathered to support Clinton.“The debate tonight is really important,” said Connie Miller, of Lima. “It’s a different format. They are being very thorough on the issues and they are letting them go into detail about their plans.”Additionally, Miller said, the debate is going to show Clinton’s maturity.“She truly cares about people and that comes through in what she says in her answers,” Miller said. “She’s worked through her life to help people. … A lot of people in this area are familiar with the guy from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour who says ‘git ’er done.’ That’s what Hillary will do. She will get it done. That’s her strong suit. She knows what it takes to get things done and she will fight for the people of Ohio and working-class people to get things accomplished. She’s very specific about her policies.”Miller said some supporters left the party early because of the weather, but most stayed.For Obama, Hoback said a similar rally scheduled for Tuesday night was canceled because of the weather.Instead of a party, Hoback joined friends online such as Rob Lhamon, of Lima, who watched the debate at home with his wife, Christina.“They are getting the core of the Democratic values,” Lhamon said. “Senator Obama is a very strong candidate. None of the questions have seemed to shake him. Senator Clinton has come off kind of whiney, especially when she said they were not asking Senator Obama the first question.”Lhamon said Obama appeared strong on terrorism.“He said he will not allow al-Qaida to do harm to this country as they did on Sept. 11,” Lhamon said, adding that he thinks the debate will influence voters.“People are more engaged with this election than in the past,” he said. “People are very interested in what Senator Obama has to say.”Another Clinton supporter, Elizabeth Hostetler, watched with friends at the debate party.“What I really appreciate about Hillary Clinton is that she has insight and she understands protocol,” Hostetler said. “She has international experience, which is very important right now, and she can hit the ground running. … She can stand up and say ‘no’; she can stand up to people doing stupid things. … She has always had family and children at the center. She’ll do things that need to be done.”Hostetler said she was an Obama supporter until last fall. The last two debates, she said, proved Clinton is the best choice.

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