With just two weeks until Election Day, the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney continues to look close in key battleground states, including Virginia, which officials say is “close.”
Former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., said Romney is on an “upward trajectory,” but admits Democrats in Northern Virginia will make any win by the Republican nominee slim.
“It's close, but Obama's turnout model is down from 2008,” Davis said on CNN's State of the Union. “The kids are not coming out for him like they did before.”
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., sounded more optimistic for the president, touting the state’s 5.9 percent unemployment rate.
“It's clearly a battleground state, but that means it's going to be close,” Warner said on CNN. “I think he is going to be successful.”
Both men cited polls where their respective candidates are up slightly.
The Romney and Obama campaigns both released ads last week, attacking each other over the issue of abortion. While Romney is attempting to show a more moderate position on the issue, Democrats lambasted him by citing his previous statements in the Republican primary. Warner continued that attack.
“Virginia is a mainstream state, and Virginians don't like either political party when they get too far out of the mainstream,” Warner said. “The Mitt Romney that campaigned for Republican nomination was way out of the mainstream. … He is getting close to Halloween, and he is trying to change clothes and get back to a moderate view.”
Virginia is also a key battleground for the U.S. Senate with the race between Tim Kaine and George Allen. Both Warner and Davis admitted the race was also close, the former congressman said he hasn’t seen this much enthusiasm since Ronald Reagan.