by Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
A note to our non-football fan viewers, you will hear the word "super" more than a few times on the newscast tonight, but you needn't worry – we'll be talking presidential politics. You know, the other national spectator sport that will draw millions of viewers in front of the TV this week.
It is hard to characterize the trends in the Democratic contests taking place on Super Tuesday. A new batch of MSNBC/McClatchy/Mason-Dixon poll numbers were released today, and the bottom line is, there is real and growing drama in the delegate race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Tuesday could be a very late night. NBC's Lee Cowan is reporting there is increasing focus on California, where Clinton has enjoyed a strong base of support. Obama, however, is making progress there, and today Oprah Winfrey is helping his cause – speaking at an Obama rally.
On the Republican side, the polls show John McCain is likely to hold on to his frontrunner status. Tonight on Nightly News, I'll talk with correspondent John Harwood about the risks and rewards McCain could face if he were to become the de facto nominee so early in the campaign season.
We'll be checking in with NBC's Kevin Corke, who reports tonight on a story sure to make big headlines tomorrow... and give the candidates for president plenty to talk about.
There's word from California that studio producers and striking writers may be nearing a deal. However, the impact of the dispute may have already resulted in permanent changes to the industry. That will be part of John Larson's reporting.
Working moms will want to be pay close attention to Savannah Guthrie's report on changes in the work place that are allowing infants to become a part of the office landscape in some places.
As always, thank you for checking in. I hope you can join us tonight for NBC Nightly News.