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Obama agenda: Battlegrounds

Quinnipiac polls in key states out this morning show: In Florida, Mitt Romney leading Obama, 45%-42%; In Ohio, Obama leading Romney, 45%-42%; and in Pennsylvania, Obama and Romney in a statistical dead heat with Obama edging Romney, 44%-43%.

“White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley was pitched to Capitol Hill as the guy who could cut deals with a resurgent GOP, but it hasn’t turned out that way amid this year’s series of debt crises and gridlock,” Roll Call writes, adding, “[S]everal senior Democratic aides told Roll Call that they feel Daley had already become marginalized in recent months — with Rouse and other White House aides increasing their contacts on Capitol Hill.”