The Lid: Here Today, Gone Next November

Sun Valley residents vote at the polling station located at Our Lady of The Holy Church on election day at the Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California.JOE KLAMAR / AFP/Getty Images

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By Andrew Rafferty and Carrie Dann

Much like Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, NBC’s afternoon political newsletter, The Lid, is getting a reboot this week, complete with a hip new look. Loyal readers already know we try to be sharp, breezy and, at times, even funny about politics every afternoon. So if you’re new to The Lid, come for the hot takes, stay for the occasional Taylor Swift references, and enjoy the ride. (And if you’re already a longtime reader, you have our full blessing to tell people you “liked The Lid before it went platinum.”)

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Essentially one year before Election Day 2016, the NBC News Political Unit has a cornucopia of content to get you all read in on the state of the race right now. But as many of those stories note, we’re in a particularly turbulent time - and in a stage of the race that’s very fluid.

So in the spirit of perspective, we looked through our NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls from past election cycles and found our favorite nuggets that were -- errrr -- a *little* different than the way things are now.

This time five months ago, Jeb Bush led the GOP field, Scott Walker was in second place, and Donald Trump was polling at one percent.

This time two years ago, the most popular politicians we surveyed were Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton.

This time four years ago, our NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll asked respondents if they’d support President Barack Obama or Herman Cain in the general election (Obama led 53 percent to 38 percent.)

NERD ALERT: Want to know how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders stack up against potential Republican nominees? We’ll have all the details from our latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll at 6:30pm ET on NBC’s Nightly News and on


  • Chuck Todd outlines how the 2016 presidential could be historic and what factors are most shaping voters’ minds.
  • He won't be on the ballot next year but President Obama's legacy will define the 2016 presidential election, NBC’s Perry Bacon writes.
  • Hillary Clinton has increased her dominant lead within the Democratic Party's presidential contest, now besting rival Sen. Bernie Sanders by a margin of two to one among primary voters in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, one of us wrote.
  • And here are six big votes to watch tonight.


Rolling Stone looks at why critics of Bernie Sanders don’t get his appeal.

Responding to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Bernie Sanders told our own Andrea Mitchell that he’s fine being the underdog.


“In honor of National Sandwich Day, I am having my usual lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches.”

  • Former presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker on Twitter. You do you, governor. You do you.


Donald Trump and Martin O’Malley both file paperwork to run in the New Hampshire primary.

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both campaign around New Hampshire.

Dr. Ben Carson holds book signings in Florida.