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The Lid: Trump Campaign Remains (Really) Optimistic

With just over two weeks until Election Day, it’s important to stay optimistic...
Workers walk on a giant presidential election map of the United States made of ice in the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, in New York. The states in red went for President Bush, the blue states for Sen. John Kerry, and the remaining white states were undecided as of about midnight Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)KATHY WILLENS / AP

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Jay Z will be performing a get-out-the-vote concert for Hillary Clinton in Ohio, which must mean the rap mogul now has 99 problems but a nasty woman is not one.

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With just over two weeks until Election Day, it’s important to stay optimistic. And the electoral map Donald Trump’s campaign released Monday is just about as optimistic as it gets. As one of us (!!) notes, the battleground map included in the memo not only assumes red states like Georgia, Arizona and Missouri are safely in hand, but also marks other keys states that are trending blue as tossups. Our NBC News battle ground map shows Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan all leaning Democrat, while the Trump campaign assesses they’re still up for grabs. Overall, Team Trump says it has 191 electoral votes, compared to 197 for Clinton and 150 still in play. And it’s not just NBC News’ map that conflicts with the Trump campaign. Most outside experts and polling suggest the race is in a drastically different place than what the Trump campaign says it is.


Elizabeth Warren said “nasty women” have “really had it with guys like” Trump.

Obama is pushing for down ballot candidates in addition to Clinton.

Trump’s battleground map is way more optimistic than most polling shows.

Jay Z will hold a get-out-the-vote concert for Hillary Clinton in Ohio prior to Election Day, the Clinton campaign announced Monday.

And from First Read: How Republicans ended up with Trump.


“He thinks that because he has a mouthful of Tic-Tacs, he can force himself on any woman within groping distance.”

-- Elizabeth Warren on Trump.


Hillary Clinton campaigns in Florida, while Bill Clinton hits North Carolina and Chelsea visits Wisconsin.

Donald Trump holds a pair of rallies in Florida.

Mike Pence is in Ohio.

Joe Biden will campaign for Clinton in Pennsylvania.