Democrats Hit Wide Range of Topics in First Presidential Candidates Debate (Kelly Daschle, AP Video)

Candidates Look to Build on Debate Performances (video)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders are each declaring last night’s Democratic debate a success.

The Sanders campaign says he raised more than $1.3 million since the start of the debate, and that social media measures indicated that he was leading in Google searches.

Meanwhile, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Clinton backer, is calling the debate “the best two hours of the campaign so far.”

Democratic strategists say the loser in last night’s presidential debate might be someone who wasn’t there — Vice President Joe Biden. They say the strong performances by Clinton and Sanders might narrow any opening for a late presidential bid by Biden.

Another of the candidates, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley tells CNN that his own debate performance showed that “more than two candidates” are seeking the nomination.