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Some Democratic Mayoral Voters At Debate Watch Party Remain Undecided

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There were debate watching parties across the city, and political reporter Courtney Gross was on the same block as Town Hall, talking to the overflow crowd. She filed the following report.

Next door to Town Hall, undecided voters sat down over pints and tuned in to NY1.

"She [Quinn] is pretty good," said one person watching the debate. "Finally, she's getting towards attacking the other two candidates, who she's saying they're changing positions and they're not doing what they're claim they're going to be doing."

It wasn't the substance that created the biggest stir at the BXL Cafe. The place erupted in laughter when Anthony Weiner responded "Yes" to the question of whether he's ever texted while driving.

In fact, some voters said Weiner gave an impressive performance. But given the most recent sexting scandal, some that NY1 spoke to still couldn't pledge their vote to the former congressman.

"I just can't get myself to vote for Weiner because of who he is," said one person.

For those Democrats that have yet to make a decision on their pick for mayor, there were high expectations.

"I was really hoping for the debate about the issues," one person said before the debate. "I feel like so far, the conversations have been very much about identity politics."

"I can barely hear any names except for Weiner, and I actually want to know what these people feel about what they're going to do with the city," said another.

After, they still hadn't quite made up their mind.

"I do feel like I actually didn't always expect who I was going to like," one person said after the debate. "I really liked Weiner, for example, which was kind of a surprise."

"I certainly know which candidates I plan to research, and we will see what happens," said another.

Of the undecided voters that NY1 spoke to, it doesn't look like this debate swayed them one way or another. Luckily, there's still about three weeks to go.

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