MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Just moments after the Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, Marcia Morgan struggled to declare a winner, or for that matter a loser. As the candidates signed autographs, she pondered and pondered about who won the debate as she stood in the "red zone" - prime seating near the front of the stage for undecided Democrats and Independent New Hampshire voters. Morgan tried, but for her there was no clear winner.
"I thought it was great to hear from all of the candidates," she said. "I like getting a little glimpse of everybody. There was a little glimpse of sunlight on all the candidates."
CNN spoke to several of these undeclared audience members immediately following the debate and many did walk away with stronger impressions of some of the Democratic candidates than others. Like Morgan, some did not.
Here are their thoughts:
"I was impressed with Gravel. I thought he was very good, very straightforward. Many of the other people I thought were very political, which is very frustrating and I don’t know how they are going to change their way." - Garry Morgan, Bedford
"I didn't think Edwards did well tonight. I was very open and I kind of was very interested in him, because I am a seven-year breast cancer survivor. So I think of his wife and I pray for her. But I think he was really cool and was acting a little non-chalant for this forum . I think that Biden did very well tonight. I think he came out with some very strong points and I think that Hillary did very well tonight." - Bonnie McSpiritt, Londonderry
"I thought that Hillary, Barack and Bill Richardson did the best out of the eight of them. I think that Barack of Hillary left more of an impression." - Lee Kitchen, Charlestown
"I really liked Hillary, particularly how she told Wolf Blitzer she wouldn’t engage in hypotheticals. The debate opened the field to me. I'm still listening to Hillary, Obama, and Edwards, but now I'm listening more to Biden, Richardson, and Dodd. I think there was a lack of attention to domestic issues in the debate. Edwards did a good job inserting voices of the poor and underprivileged." - Kelly Laflamme, Penacook
"The debate was helpful in terms of getting a feel for the field. I've now ruled out Gravel and Kucinich. Everyone else is in the running. I liked Obama and Hillary, based on their health care discussion. They gave thoughtful answers. Obama ignored the 'flash point' and 'hot button' issues, and was willing to call out Wolf Blitzer when he tried to bring them up. I liked that." - David Laflamme, Penacook
"The candidates were all trying to be good to each other. Obama really stood out. I like the fact that he took a solid position against the war early on. When the others went with the crowd, he didn’t. The debate reinforced my pro-Obama feelings." - Robert Treen, Merrimack
"I'm an undecided voter. Hillary was terrific. I was also impressed with Richardson. I got a kick out of Gravel. They were all good, though I was somewhat disappointed with Edwards. He offered more platitudes than anything else.” - Beth Saltzman, Bedford
"The debate was exciting, interesting. I liked the interplay among the candidates. The non-frontrunners were somewhat shortchanged in terms of time. I was leaning towards Obama before the debate. Now I’m also considering Hillary, Edwards, and Biden." - David Saltzman, Bedford
"There were no winners. Senator Gravel had some astute observations. He may not always be right, but he's sharp and interesting. The candidates are all fairly similar. It's hard to define the differences." - Larry Twitchell, Candia
"I didn't have a strong favorite before the debate, and I don't have one after the debate. Obama and Clinton, however, expressed themselves more clearly and succinctly than the others." - Jane Twitchell, Candia
And some of the audience members were able to ask the candidates a question:
Jennie LaBranch – first audience questioner.
Her husband is currently serving in Iraq. She asked: "What is your vision on ending major military operations, and how do you plan on rebuilding the military after so many years of conflict?"
Who gave the best answer? "Hillary Clinton... I’m a huge fan."
How did she feel asking the first question? "I was a little nervous. I probably sounded terrible." But "this is one of our biggest focuses as a military family."
Brian Sealander of Bedford
He asked about "the definition of rich".
Who was the winner? "Senator Obama gave the most thoughtful answers, especially to my question."
"He impressed me... he was more than what he’s characterized as... as a junior senator."
- CNN's Mark Preston, Alan Silverleib and Stephen Bach