Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher

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Q: Who won the first Democratic debate?

DEMOCRATS (76 VOTES)

Lincoln Chafee: 0%
Hillary Clinton: 95%
Martin O’Malley: 0%
Bernie Sanders: 5%
Jim Webb: 0%

 Hillary Clinton

“Head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Bernie was good but will have trouble playing long term.”

“Clinton the clear winner, simultaneously boxed Biden and knocked out Bernie.”

“Hillary won big. She is just a much stronger debater. Bernie was clear second. Everyone else was background noise.”

“It was like watching the Boston Red Sox playing in the Little League World Series. No real challenge.”

“Everyone knew she was good... but that good?!”

“She was strong and solid, and ended the Biden speculation. Bernie was very good but had less to lose with a bad performance.”

“Now I remember why she is the presumptive nominee.”

“Facing no real opposition, she won, but the party is the loser. She remains a deeply flawed candidate.”

Bernie Sanders

“Showed himself to be president material, albeit still not the likely nominee.”

“Compared with Clinton, Sanders is still fairly unknown, so debating Clinton to a tie is actually a huge win for Sanders in terms of voter perception.”

Q: Who won the first Democratic debate?

REPUBLICANS (76 VOTES)

Lincoln Chafee: 0%
Hillary Clinton: 81%
Martin O’Malley: 1%
Bernie Sanders: 17%
Jim Webb: 1%

Hillary Clinton

“If someone is going to deny Hillary Clinton the nomination, it won’t be one of the people standing on the stage with her in the debate.”

“She’s the undisputed, and feared, front-runner again.”

“It pains me to say that it was hers to lose, and she didn’t.”

“Sanders refused to engage her while the other three were barely there.”

Bernie Sanders

“Pundits liked Hillary, who loosened up a bit. But actual voters liked Bernie.”

“Clinton didn’t fail, but Bernie fired up.”

“He doesn’t look as crazy as the things he believes. If you’d never seen him before, you might not know that.”

“He struck the resonant chord with all of the key Democrat constituencies.”

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