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(CNN) - With just under two weeks until voters head to the polls in Virginia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is playing up his support from President Obama.
Deeds is launching a new ad Thursday featuring Obama at a recent campaign rally urging voters to step up their get out the vote efforts.
"Last year, Virginia, you helped lead a movement of Americans who believed that their voices could make a difference," Obama is seen telling an energized crowd in the new 30-second spot. "That's what we need to do in this race."
The ad also comes five days before Obama is set to return to the Virginia campaign trail on behalf of Deeds, a former state senator. While the race between Deeds and former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been a close one, recent polls suggest McDonnell now has a nearly 10-point advantage over Deeds.
Obama won Virginia by 6 points last fall, and currently holds a 53 percent approval rating in the state, according to a recent Washington Post poll.