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

CNN's David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Memo: Democrats vent frustration with Biden on Afghanistan Psaki dismisses Axelrod's criticism of Biden on Afghanistan Axelrod says Biden should have 'embraced' failures of Afghanistan exit MORE said after Thursday night's presidential debate that Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE's standing in the polls against President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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 ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 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.