David Axelrod Leaving White House In First Half Of 2011

11/14/2010 10:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — Top Obama administration adviser David Axelrod says he will leave the White House in the first half of next year to begin the president's re-election campaign.

Axelrod told "Fox News Sunday" that he would return to Chicago in "late winter, early spring" to start work.

The 55-year-old Axelrod is a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, and served as his chief strategist for the 2008 campaign.

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