MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - On Sunday night before the Democratic presidential debate , the crowd waiting to get into the Sullivan Arena was huge.
Audience members invited to attend the event were practically stampeding the CNN staff and volunteers to get wristbands and go through security.
It was a completely different atmosphere at the door on Tuesday. There were only a few dozen Republican debate attendees waiting before doors were unlocked. The hundreds of participants, nearly all registered New Hampshire voters, arrived at a leisurely pace, packing the house in a calm and controlled manner.
Is this a reflection of what we're seeing at the polls? That Democrats are energized about this election, while Republicans are still waiting for something to be really excited about?
– CNN Associate Producer Stephen Bach