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I have a post ID stored in a variable from my first query and I'd like to use that to highlight the post with the same ID in my second query, but it's not working.

First loop:

        <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

            <?php foreach(get_field('relationship') as $post_object): ?>
            <?php $current = get_the_ID($post_object->ID); ?>
            <?php echo $current; ?>
                <a href="<?php echo get_permalink($post_object->ID); ?>"><?php echo get_the_title($post_object->ID) ?></a>
            <?php endforeach; ?>

            <?php the_content();?>

        <?php endwhile; else: ?> 
        <?php endif; ?>

The post is queried in my second loop,(not related to the first), only I don't know how to identify it by the variable from the first loop.

Second:

                <?php $news_arg=array(
                    'post_type' => array ('books'),
                    'post_status' => array( 'publish'),
                    'posts_per_page' => 20,
                    );
                    $arg_query = new WP_Query();
                    $arg_query->query( $arg );
                ?>
                <?php if( $arg_query->have_posts() ) : ?>
                <?php while( $arg_query->have_posts() ) : $arg_query->the_post(); ?>
                <?php print_r($arg_query) ?>
          <li>
            <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" rel="bookmark" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
            </li>
                <?php endwhile; ?>
                <?php else : ?>
                <?php endif; ?> 

Thanks.

EDIT: Alex's answer with Chip's correction should work but for some strange reason it doesn't, so I post my full code in case anyone spot the problem. (There are no other queries or any other php on the page):

EDIT: replaced get_the_ID with get_permalink and now it works:

<div class="span8 single_c">
    <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

<div class="post-header">
    <h2 class="verseny">
    <a href="<?php echo get_permalink($post_object->ID); ?>"><?php echo get_the_title($post_object->ID) ?></a>
    </h2>
</div>

<?php foreach(get_field('relation') as $post_object): ?>
<?php $current = get_permalink($post_object->ID); ?>
<?php endforeach; ?>
<div class="well single_p">
<?php echo $current ?>
<?php if(get_field('lead')) {
    echo '<p><strong>' . get_field('lead') . '</strong></p>';
} else { } ?>
    <?php the_content();?>

<?php endwhile; else: ?> 
<?php endif; ?>
</div>
</div>      

<div class="span4 single_c">
<div class="well db">
        <ul class="nav nav-list">
    <?php $arg=array(
    'post_type' => array ('books'),
    'post_status' => array( 'publish'),
    'posts_per_page' => 10
    );
    $arg_query = new WP_Query();
    $arg_query->query( $arg );
    ?>
    <?php if( $arg_query->have_posts() ) : ?>
    <?php while( $arg_query->have_posts() ) : $arg_query->the_post(); ?>

>" rel="bookmark" title="">

    <?php endwhile; else : ?>
    <?php endif; ?> 
    </ul>
</div>  
</div>
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The primary loop query post ID is stored in $current. This variable is equivalent to $post->ID. The secondary loop query post ID is available within the loop as $post->ID. Thus, you just need a simple if statement in side your secondary loop:

<?php 
if ( $current == $post->ID ) {
    // This post is the same as the
    // primary loop's current post;
    // do something
}
?>

For example, to add a "current-article" class, I'd try the following on the <li>

<li<?php if ($post->ID == $current) echo 'class="current-article"'; ?>><!-- stuff here --></li>
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Thanks for the edit. I sometimes have a hard time saying what's in my head. I guess that's the bane of developers, right? –  Alex Lane May 17 '12 at 15:27
    
Thanks. Although echoing the ID within the second loop prints the correct ID, the list item doesn't get the desired class. Even if I just try to use your first snippet for testing, it doesn't work. Also if I try to use post__not_in with $current with the second query, the post gets listed as if nothing happened, however seeing the resulting array with print_r the exluded ID is clearly shown... –  elbatron May 17 '12 at 15:42
    
I replaced get_the_ID($post_object->ID) with get_permalink($post_object->ID) and it works nice. Still, it's weird that the code with get_the_ID didn't act as expected. –  elbatron May 18 '12 at 19:50

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