*Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the new chairman of the CBC, told the group IMPACT to expect a bruising fight to secure the president a second term.

“It’s realistic for our party to understand the enormous challenge we’re going to have, to get him back in the White House in 2012,” Cleaver  (in photo) told the group, as reported on Monday by NBC’s Washington affiliate.

“It will not be a landslide or an easy victory,” Cleaver (D-Mo.) added. “We’re going to have to scrape and battle for every vote we get.”

The CBC leader’s remarks underscore the uncertainty surrounding Obama’s political footing going into 2012. While the president was swept into office in 2008 with Democratic headwinds, the GOP’s win in the 2010 elections suggest Obama could be vulnerable to a strong Republican challenger.

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