So I got some text messages from Trump supporters telling me Trump did really well. So there’s that.

I’m definitely too close to this. My feelings watching — Biden was angry and hostile, and very pejorative towards Trump with almost every answer.

Trump was nice. What a turnaround.

Trump could have hit the China and Ukraine revelations harder, but at least it’s out there because Biden opened the door. Biden called the whole thing a Russian operation. It’s out there now, and that’s what matters.

Trump was very strong on not shutting down again, on building the economy, Biden’s history locking up black men, Biden starting the cages for children. He also repeatedly came back to the fact that Biden had 8 years in office and got done none of the things he says he will get done if elected — line of the night: “All talk and no action, just like a politician.”

The moderator Kristen Welker was better than Chris Wallace, but disproportionately interrupted and cut off Trump when he was scoring big points, asserting the need to move to the next topic.

To the extent the debate could have an impact on votes, it likely came near the end when Biden volunteered that he would transition the economy away from fossil fuel, and Trump responded that he hoped people were listening in Pennsylvania and Texas.

Update — having had 25 more minutes to think about it, my overall impression is that Joe Biden came across as old, really old and frail.

Like I said, I’m too close to this. So you vote. Who won the final debate?

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