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  • No clear winner between Obama, Romney

  • Diehard supporters of President Barack Obama found he came up a little short against his challenger in a debate Wednesday night, mainly because Mitt Romney exceeded expectations.
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  • Diehard supporters of President Barack Obama found he came up a little short against his challenger in a debate Wednesday night, mainly because Mitt Romney exceeded expectations.
    "I think Romney won by virtue of being fairly articulate and concise and standing his own," said Stuart Davis, a 30-year-old Ashland resident. "Romney took a slight edge."
    Like many of the 60 people watching the debate at The Black Sheep and other public spaces throughout Ashland, Davis didn't think either candidate spouted any major gaffes that would become fodder for political pundits.
    But many expected more out of the president, who was known for his lofty speeches when he took office four years ago.
    "I'm a little bit disappointed with Obama," Davis said. "He was not as forceful as he could have been."
    Patrick McLain, a 54-year-old Obama supporter who lives in Talent, said both candidates did a good job, but he wasn't swayed by the debate.
    "You're not really voting for a man," McLain said. "You're voting for a party."
    McLain said Romney panders too much to the right wing of his party, which McLain thinks has a clear agenda.
    "I don't see a clear winner," he said. "Romney didn't make a gaffe, though."
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