AREA DEMOCRATS SAY OBAMA HAD UPPER HAND While Republicans and some pundits may have scored the debate differently, at this party the president captured every vote. At the Democratic Unity office in Kearny Mesa, a standing-room-only crowd delivered a unanimous verdict on the first presidential candidates’ debate: President Barack Obama thumped Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a landslide. The president won the retired-homemaker-and-pilot vote: “It went very well for Obama,” said Carol Shigley. “He had the best zingers. And I didn’t feel that Romney had anything; he told us nothing new.” Obama captured the special-education-teacher-and-Lynyrd-Skynyrd-fan vote: “Obama won by a knockout,” said Gabriel Romero. “I like the fact that Obama pointed out the fact that Mitt Romney had no specifics.” He grabbed the local-politician-running-for-higher-office vote: “Obama won,” Assemblyman Marty Block declared. “Romney on TV sounded like he cared for people who are in unfortunate circumstances, not like he did when he talked to his private audience about the 47 percent.” AREA DEMOCRATS SAY OBAMA HAD UPPER HAND | UTSanDiego.com Now you understand why the state of California is in such dire straits.