The town hall ratings are in, and Trump completely miscalculated by backing out of the debate

President Donald Trump sits and speaks to presenter Savannah Guthrie after an NBC News town hall event at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. Brendan Smialowski / AFP via
President Donald Trump called off the second presidential debate after switching from personal to virtual following his positive diagnosis of COVID-19.
Instead, Trump appeared in a town hall hosted by NBC at the same time as Democratic candidate Joe Biden on ABC News.
Biden Town Hall drew about a million more viewers than Trump's, according to Nielsen TV ratings, first reported by CNN Business.
After President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, he announced a new plan: instead of participating in a virtual second presidential debate against Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Trump would appear in a town hall at the same time as his opponent.
The move was clearly risky for the president and his campaign, and after CNN Business released the Nielsen TV ratings, it is evident that Trump made a mistake in not going through the second debate.
According to CNN, Biden's City Hall attracted 13.9 million viewers on ABC. Trump's City Hall aired on three channels - NBC, CNBC, and MSNBC - and drew 13 million viewers, or about 1 million fewer than Biden's. These numbers don't take into account online streams for the events, so the final number is likely higher for both cities.
Before the town halls began, Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller predicted, "We're going to have a much bigger audience than Joe."
Miller was wrong, and there may not be enough time to turn the campaign around.
According to a national survey average by FiveThirtyEight, Trump is still 18 days until election day by 10.5 points behind Biden.
Trump had to be seen by as many potential voters as possible on Thursday evening. Instead of over 60 million viewers watching the second presidential debate in 2016, Trump missed the opportunity and was seen by only 13 million.
After the first presidential debate, Biden gained 5 to 7 percentage points in the battlefield states of Pennsylvania and Florida, according to polls by the New York Times and Siena College.
While Trump can't afford a similar drop in polls after a second debate just before election day, now is not the time for the subsequent campaign to narrow its audience. In order for Trump to be re-elected, he must quickly win over all undecided voters.
As of October 16, more than 22 million people have cast their votes by mail-in and early voting in an election that is expected to be the largest number of mailed votes in US history. At this point in 2016, less than a month before the election, only 1.4 million mail-in votes had been cast. According to voting rights experts, postal voting is expected to make up 50% to 70% of the total votes in November.
With little time before the election, longtime supporters of the President of Congress and Trump officials are beginning to blame each other for these campaign missteps. But as one Republican close to the president's campaign told Insider, "The only person responsible for all of this is Donald J. Trump."
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