[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/27/battleground.virginia/art.palin.va.ap.jpg caption="Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, campaigns in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Monday."]
(CNN) - In the final days before the election, the strategy in battleground Virginia has shifted from getting people registered to making sure they show up to vote.
"The war's being waged in Virginia," said Michael McDonald, associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. "You're seeing both campaigns out in force with their lieutenants and grunts on the ground trying to get people to vote."
With 310,530 new voters registered in Virginia, a whole new group of voters could decide the election in the commonwealth.
Virginia has voted Republican in every presidential race since 1968, but the latest CNN poll of polls calculated Monday shows Barack Obama with a 7-point advantage over John McCain, 51-44 percent, with 5 percent saying they're undecided.
The McCain and Obama campaigns, along with the help of third-party organizations like the AFL-CIO, and women's groups for McCain-Palin have been going door-to-door, making phone calls, handing out literature, and sending text messages to ensure voters know where to go and vote next Tuesday.