The Hill's Syria Whip List: Obama tries to sway lawmakers

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Prospects in the Senate are better, but there is no guarantee the White House will prevail there either.

Public opinion is against the president. Several polls show more voters oppose intervening in Syria than support a strike, even if it is to punish that country for the use of chemical weapons.

Obama is trying to turn around public opinion with a media offensive and will address the nation Tuesday night from the Oval Office. But it is unclear whether it will be possible for him to turn the numbers around in the House and Senate.

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