Morning Read: New Poll Shows Romney Only Two Points Behind in Virginia


Another day, another poll out of Virginia.

This latest Suffolk University/ NBC12 poll shows much of the same: The Senate race between Tim Kaine and George Allen is in a dead heat -- 44 percent to 44 percent, to be exact.

But the poll also found that Obama only has a two point lead in the state, a lead that’s well within the margin of error.

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This poll alone is good news for Romney. Recent polls have shown Obama gaining steam in the state. The New Republic’s pollster Nate Cohn outlines Romney’s challenge in Virginia, which he said is comparable to his uphill battle in Ohio.

Real Clear Politics' average of all polls in Virginia puts Obama 4.1 points ahead of Romney, 49.1 percent to 45 percent.

It’s hard to tell exactly if this poll is an outlier, or indicative of Romney catching up. But whether he is two points or four points behind, it’s clear that it won’t be easy for him to win this key swing state.

But he’s definitely within striking distance.


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