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Primary voters anxiously watch first debate night

TUCSON — About two dozen Democrats gathered at a northwest side home Wednesday night to watch night one of the first Democratic Presidential Debate of this election cycle, anxiously hoping someone will emerge from this pack and turn Arizona blue next fall.

Southern Arizona Democratic Primary voters getting their first look at the party’s presidential candidates on the debate stage in Miami.

Dana Offerman understands this campaign is just beginning… one she calls the most important in her lifetime.

“I do believe our democracy is under threat in this administration and I want to fight to get back to our democratic processes,” Offerman said.

As he watches this first debate, Democrat Lonnie Hicks hopes this setting serves as a reminder of just how important it is to vote.

“Hopefully events like this keeps it in the forefront of people’s minds,” Hicks said. “And hopefully from the outcome of the last time, there will be people who won’t neglect to vote this time because they think it doesn’t matter.”

Both voters were encouraged this initial debate focused on policies and issues, above President Donald Trump.

“I’m sick of him dominating the news cycle,” Offerman said. “I’d rather have the candidates talk about how they will address major issues confronting our country.”

“The issues facing us are bigger than Trump,” Hicks said.

Little mention Wednesday night of frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden will headline Thursday night’s group of 10 candidates along with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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