Inside debate watch parties: jeers, cheers and Big Bird

In the presidential debate, who came out on top?</p>

In the presidential debate, who came out on top?

BOSTON — The days leading up to the first presidential debate were defined by a crescendo of projections and pundit predictions. And despite polls showing President Barack Obama pulling into a comfortable lead across the nation, and in swing states in particular, many Republicans remained steadfast in their support for Mitt Romney. And on an evening many defined as critical for the candidates, supporters on both sides of the aisle said they still believed in their choice for president. 

On the night of the first presidential debate, GlobalPost had a foot in each camp gathering. Jean MacKenzie gave her analysis on the Democratic viewing party in Iowa City: 

At this Boston party, it was all about Mitt Romney. The Massachusetts Young Republicans shared their analysis with GlobalPost:

Across the country, Twitter users shared their reactions with GlobalPost: