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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee County voters shared their thoughts on Tuesday night's Democratic debate, Feb. 25.

The Milwaukee County Democrats held a watch party at Bounce Milwaukee as they do for all the debates. Voters spanned the spectrum, but a small majority preferred the progressive candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. 

Milwaukee voters flowed into Bounce Milwaukee for the Democratic debate that often became about Bernie Sanders' Democratic socialism being vulnerable in a general election.

"Donald Trump thinks it would be better if he's president. I do not think so," Bloomberg said. "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping you get elected, so you can lose to him."

Some at the watch party agreed, but others supported Sanders, and even more supported the candidate second-most to the left -- Elizabeth Warren.

"I want Elizabeth Warren to show the country what we're made of," said Democratic voter Kori Kenney.

"I did see Elizabeth Warren when she came to Milwaukee, and she was a very impressive speaker and she had very clear responses," voter Marie Sandy said. 

Amy Klobuchar mentioned Wisconsin over access to the polls.

"While we are all sitting here debating, Wisconsin has kicked hundreds of thousands of people off of their voting rolls," she said.

That's not entirely accurate. The process of purging the voter rolls is still in the court system. But voters appreciated the shout-out.

"Presidential campaigns have recognized the importance of making sure every single voter in the state of Wisconsin is able to cast a ballot for president," said Charles Myers, Chair of Young Democrats of Wisconsin. 

Milwaukee state Representative Christine Sinicki says she hopes field narrows and the cream rises to the top.

"The candidate that is going to bring over independents and moderates...I think people are looking for the candidate that can beat Trump," she said.

Tuesday night's debate was the last before Super Tuesday.

The field is expected to narrow a bit before Wisconsin's primary on April 7.


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