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CNN's Axelrod on Biden debate performance: 'If you're ahead and you get a draw, you win'

CNN's David AxelrodDavid AxelrodBiden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team Biden rolls out national security team What a Biden administration should look like MORE said after Thursday night's presidential debate that Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE's standing in the polls against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE remains solid, with the former senior Obama adviser arguing that "if you're ahead and you get a draw, you win."

"Fundamentally, if you’re ahead and you get a draw, you win," Axelrod told CNN's Anderson Cooper when asked for his take on the debate. "And both of them were better than they were last time."

"But I thought that Joe Biden held his own. And that’s all he had to do," he continued. "The trajectory of this race did not change."

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Biden currently leads in national and battleground state polls.

A mute button was installed by the Commission on Presidential Debates for the final debate, which seemingly led to more uninterrupted exchanges between Trump and Biden during the 90-minute debate.

Biden currently leads Trump in the RealClearPolitics index of polls by 4.1 percentage points.

In 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Katko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race Harris County GOP chairman who made racist Facebook post resigns MORE led in the RealClearPolitics average by 3.8 percentage points on Oct. 23 of that year.

Election Day will be Nov. 3, but early voting has already resulted in more than 47 million people casting their ballots as of Friday morning.