Perry, Romney Tie Obama in Virginia
Both Rick Perry and Mitt Romney run neck-and-neck with a weakened President Obama in the crucial battleground state of Virginia, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows that, at least in this southern state, neither GOP candidate can claim to be demonstrably better equipped to defeat Obama at this stage of the campaign.
Obama leads Perry, 44 percent to 42 percent, while Romney edges ahead of Obama by that very same margin.
"At this point Romney and Perry both are in a horse race against President Barack Obama, challenging Romney's 'electability' argument," said Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown.
Romney does slightly better than Perry among independents, leading Obama by nine among that group. Perry and Obama split the independent vote down the middle.
Perry does lead Romney in the state's Republican primary, according to the poll, 25 percent to 19 percent. No other candidate earns even double-digit support.