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President Obama launches re-election bid; Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the running for top Dem post

President Barack Obama today made it official -- he's running for re-election. In an email to supporters, Obama urged his most loyal backers to gear up for 2012.

"As my administration and folks across the country fight to protect the progress we've made - and make more - we also need to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin campaigning in earnest," he said.

The announcement comes as Democrats look for someone to replace likely Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine as Democratic National Committee chief. In the running: Broward Dem Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

But Politico reported over the weekend that the Obama campaign "wants to broaden the search beyond the two top candidates" -- Wasserman Schultz and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

They're both "very much in contention," Politico says, "but President Obama’s political team has expanded its hunt for a more out-of-the-box candidate for a job they view as central to keeping the White House and the Senate in 2012."