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Obama gains from Republican fight

world Updated: Dec 15, 2011 01:43 IST
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US President Barack Obama’s top campaign strategists said on Tuesday that the increasingly heated Republican primary battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is helping to shift the national political landscape back to Obama’s advantage.

Their comments reflected growing confidence among Democrats, who only months ago worried that the sputtering economy and a lack of enthusiasm among core voters would doom Obama’s re-election. Even some Republicans are starting to express concern that GOP’s nominating process could leave Obama in a stronger spot than his weak polling numbers might suggest.

That view has come about in recent weeks with the rise of Gingrich, viewed by Obama strategists as a weaker general election foe, and the struggles of Romney.

Republican strategist Mike Murphy said the changing political dynamic has given Obama’s team reason for new optimism. He described a Gingrich nomination as a “train wreck” for Republicans.

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