Poll: Obama ahead of Romney in Virginia
May 3rd, 2012
06:13 PM ET
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Poll: Obama ahead of Romney in Virginia

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaign in Virginia this week, a new poll shows the president with a seven point advantage over his likely opponent in the Commonwealth.

Fifty-one percent of voters said they would vote for the president if the election were held today, while 44% said Romney, according to the Washington Post poll released Thursday.

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Virginia will be crucial battleground territory this fall, as Obama attempts to capture the state as he did in 2008, with 53% of the vote. He was the first Democrat to win Virginia in a presidential election since 1964.

In the last four years, however, the state has elected a Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, and the GOP picked up the state's House of Delegates and three U.S. House seats. Some of the traditionally Democratic districts in the state especially turned out for McDonnell in 2009.

A major Senate race is also underway in Virginia between two former governors–Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen. Despite the two candidates actively campaigning for months, recent polls show the race in a dead heat.

Romney has been courting votes and money in Virginia this week, making campaign stops with McDonnell and touting an endorsement from Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in Portsmouth on Thursday.

"Now politics is underway, it's underway again. You're going to hear it all right here in Virginia," Romney said at the Portsmouth event. "This may well be the state who decides who the next president is."

Meanwhile, Obama will officially kick off his re-election campaign with rallies in Virginia and Ohio on Saturday, with the Virginia event scheduled to be at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

The Washington Post interviewed 1,101 adults in Virginia by telephone, including 964 registered voters, between April 28 and May 2. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

– CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    Fifty-one percent of voters said they would vote for the president if the election were held today, while 44% said Romney, according to the Washington Post poll released Thursday.

    Romney said at the Portsmouth event. "This may well be the state who decides who the next president is."
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    Did Romney look at the polls before making that statement? Romney could very well be the dumbest person to come out of Harvard. LOL

    May 3, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Jrl

    2 things here. 1 is 1100 adults, only 900 likely voters. No breakdown of democrats sampled vs republicans. Completely bogus. The other thing is how many polls have broke the other way that we aren't hearing about?

    May 3, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    bill johnson orlando florida – For a limp wristed chicken hawk, you are a hoot.

    May 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Holla

    Let the game begins

    May 3, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Holla

    Time for politics!

    May 3, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    Obama 2012

    May 3, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Little Swiss Mitt today proclaimed VA would be the state that decided the winner in November, but this poll would imply it will not be the win he expects!

    May 3, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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