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President Obama Leads Romney in Virginia

Obama favorite, particularly among African Americans and women, but policies have mixed reviews from voters

President Obama was in Arlington this morning, McLean last Sunday then he  officially kicks off his re-election campaign Saturday in Richmond. Gov. Mitt Romney the likely Republican nominee spent Wednesday in Chantilly.

Latest polls show the President leading the former Massachusetts Governor by seven percentage points in the battleground state of Virginia.

Obama is leading by a margin of 51 to 44 percent, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The major issues of Obama's  presidency — namely, health care reform and the nation's low morale about the state of the economy — still divide voters in Northern Virginia and beyond, leaving plenty of room for Romney to capture voters in what is likely to become a battleground state come November, the Post reports.

While visiting Chantilly on Wednesday, Romney slammed Obama for some of those issues, saying the president has not improved the economy and runs an anti-small business administration.

Still, Romney has not been able to improve his rating in Virginia, according to a poll taken this time last year.

Among certain groups, the distance between he and Obama is even greater: African Americans support the president 97 to 1 percent; among women, Obama leads 56 to 38 percent.

Both men have raised more than $2 million in Virginia. Nearly 20 percent of Romney's money came from McLean.

For Patch video of Romney's talk,

For the full Washington Post story, click here.

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