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This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Tom McCarthy.

The early numbers from last night’s dueling town halls are in, and the president will not be happy.

Biden drew 12.7 million total viewers on the Disney-owned network, while Trump drew 10.4 million in the same 9-10 p.m. time slot on NBC. Across the entire runtime, the Biden town hall averaged 12.3 million viewers. In terms of the fast national 18-49 demographic, Biden is comfortably on top with a 2.6 rating to Trump’s 1.7.

The Trump campaign is removing ads from the airwaves in Minnesota’s biggest media market, according to local reports – indicating 1) they’re out of money, and/or 2) they no longer think Minnesota, which Trump barely lost in 2016, is in play in 2020:

The Trump campaign slashed another $1.1 million in reserved ad time in the Minneapolis-St. Paul TV market this week (initially $1.25 million, now $129,000).

Initially reserved 812 ads, now airing just 49.

Continues a six-week trend.

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