Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…Former Boston Red Sox star Johnny Damon, who said "there's no way I can go play for the Yankees" and later signed with the Bronx Bombers, appeared at a Donald Trump rally today. So, keep an eye for him at Hillary Clinton events this weekend.
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As our sister publication First Read wrote this morning, Hillary Clinton's NBC News battleground map lead has narrowed. Georgia, Iowa and Maine's 2nd Congressional District have moved from Tossup to leaning Republican, and New Hampshire and North Carolina have moved from lean Democrat to Tossup. Our map still predicts Clinton getting the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House, but a tightening race this close to Election Day is certain to cause some heartburn at Clinton HQ. However, more numbers out Wednesday may have Democrats easing off the Tums. The best news for Team Clinton came from Wisconsin, where a Marquette Law School poll shows the Democrat with a six point lead over Donald Trump. More positive news came from Quinnipiac state polls in Florida (Clinton +1), North Carolina (Clinton +3), and Pennsylvania (Clinton +5). Trump holds a five-point edge in Ohio, the Q poll found. The real red flag for Democrats right now might be in the Senate. The Marquette poll showed Democrat Russ Feingold with just a one-point lead over Republican incumbent Ron Johnson. Until this point, most polls have shown Feingold with a comfortable lead.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Obama said he prefers not dealing in "innuendo" when it comes to the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails.
- Hillary Clinton leads Trump by six in Wisconsin, according to a new Marquette Law School poll of likely voters.
- Mike Pence on Wednesday said he is "disappointed" in Ohio Gov. John Kasich's decision to not vote for the Trump-Pence ticket.
- Trump released a new TV ad titled "United" that his campaign says is part of his closing argument.
- Clinton's path to 270 appears unchanged, NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald writes in this analysis.
- From First Read: Clinton's battleground lead narrows.
- And a programming note! TONIGHT: Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann take to Virtual Reality to break down the top races you'll want to watch on election night. RSVP HERE: http://nbcnews.to/2e6IFAw #MTPinVR
FOR THE RECORD…
-- Trending hashtag after Donald Trump singled out our own Katy Tur at a rallyWednesday.
Hillary Clinton campaigns in North Carolina while Tim Kaine is in Arizona.
Donald Trump hits Florida and North Carolina.
Mike Pence is in Iowa and Pennsylvania.
President Obama campaigns in Florida for Clinton.