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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospital associations, labor groups, tea party supporters and die-hard liberals are plunging into the debt battle between President Barack Obama and Congress as it whirls toward a final showdown. Yet many lobbyists concede that the fight is so intensely political and mutates so fast that it’s been hard to make much of an impact.

That uncertainty — coupled with a widespread expectation that lawmakers will ultimately agree on a debt limit extension anyway — help explain why lobbying on the issue has been relatively low key. That’s a stark contrast to the high-profile lobbying wars of 2009 and 2010 over Obama’s health care and financial regulation overhauls.

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