The Lid: The Down-Ballot Donald Dilemna

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… A senior Clinton campaign strategist told reporters Monday that Bernie Sanders is going to campaign in New York “like a Brooklynite” while Clinton campaigns “like a senator.” We’re not sure what exactly that means but we’re pretty sure it involves biking from campaign stop to stop while making time to check out a friend’s new artisanal bitters shop.

‘16 from 30,000: Republicans are growing increasingly concerned about the impact a Donald Trump presidential nomination could have on other GOPers whose names are on the ballot this November. Nearly every recent poll measuring a potential Trump v. Hillary Clinton general election matchup shows the real estate mogul with a double-digit deficit. And a potential blowout loss could have a major impact on down-ballot races. Case in point: Just eight of the 21 GOP senators up for re-election in 2016 have said they would unquestionably support Trump, according to an NBC News count. It’s not surprising that GOP senators in tough re-election battles like New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte and Ohio’s Rob Portman have equivocated or not directly answered if they would support Trump as the nominee. (Although, maybe equally surprising was the statement from Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk -- one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents -- who said he “certainly would” support Trump.)

Another data point to keep in mind shows just how much the confluence of statewide and national political factors have Republican biting their nails with a little more anxiety since last year. Back in November, the Cook Political Report ranked a total of five Senate races in the “Toss Up” category, including four seats currently held by Republicans and just one held by Democrats. Now that’s up to SIX Republican-held seats, with no movement on the D side.


Just a third of the 21 Republican senators up for re-election this year have committed to unquestionably supporting Donald Trump, NBC’s Marianna Sotomayor and Frank Thorp write.

Donald Trump found himself in a radio interview with a #NeverTrump supporter, one of us write.

And his supporters are working to prevent a fight over the party platform at the convention, NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell reports.

Bernie Sanders is looking to score an underdog victory in Wisconsin next week, MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald writes.

Donald Trump will return to the campaign trail in Janesville, Wisconsin on Tuesday as the ugly GOP primary battle also turns its attention towards the Badger State, MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin writes.


“Mr. Trump, before you called into my show did you know that I’m a #NeverTrump guy?”

-- Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes telling Trump he is part of a movement meant to undercut his candidacy during an interview Monday.


Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and John Kasich are all in Wisconsin.

Kasich, Cruz and Trump each attend a CNN town hall in Milwaukee.