Southwest Florida reaction to presidential debate

Posted at 7:23 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 19:23:21-04

Monday night's debate between presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate in history. Both candidates were viewed as winners by partisan voters in Southwest Florida.

"Hillary came prepared - Donald Trump was not prepared," said Yoseph Tedros, chairman of Lee County Democrats. "He didn't have a grasp of the issues."

"(Trump) got Hillary stuck in a couple of pickles," countered Skyler Watkins, a Lee County Republican. "I think most people may have realized, 'you know maybe she isn't what she's saying she is.'"

At campaign headquarters for both parties in Fort Myers, people showed up all day with a renewed commitment to their candidate.

"We've been getting a lot more people coming in for signs, a lot more people coming in to volunteer," Tedros said. "They're very excited. This is a great time for us."

Lee County Democrats are running low on Clinton campaign signs, and people have been coming to GOP headquarters to stack up on signs for Trump.

"I think he's got people's spirits up," Watkins said. "I certainly enjoyed hearing what he said."

According to a CNN poll, more viewers thought Clinton won Monday night's debate. The next debate will take place October 9.