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Poll: Obama Leads Romney in Virginia

President prevails on almost every issue in a battleground state where intensive campaign hasn't changed the race.

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September 18, 2012

A new Washington Post poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney 52 percent to 44 percent among likely voters in the key battleground state of Virginia.

The new findings add to a stream of swing-state polls favoring Obama since the conventions, and show that wall-to-wall campaigning in Virginia over the summer has had little effect on voters.

The poll shows Obama leading Romney on almost every issue, from taxes and the economy to Medicare, women's issues, and international affairs. Romney bested Obama on handling the deficit.

 

Another poll of Virginia was scheduled for release early Wednesday by The New York Times, CBS News and Quinnipiac University.

The Post poll was conducted Sept. 12-16, as crises unfolded in Libya and Egypt. Both candidates made missteps over that period, with Obama saying Egypt was not an ally and Romney taking bipartisan fire for attacking Obama before facts were known and basing his statements on an erroneous timeline.

The Virginia poll does not reflect fallout from more recent reports of staff disarray and videos leaked this week of Romney making controversial remarks at a private fundraiser.

The poll surveyed 847 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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