Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Obama in battleground Virginia and is now running neck and neck with the president there, a new poll said.
Romney and Obama are tied at 44 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. Obama was up by 8 percentage points in March, around the time Romney was wrapping up his party's nomination, and 5 percentage points just last month.
Virginia voters, who may ultimately decide the outcome of the entire race, are highly polarized. While Romney and Obama have the support of the vast majority of their own parties, crucial independent voters are split 40 percent for Obama and 38 percent for Romney.
The Quinnipiac poll, however, did not include Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode, a former Virginia congressman who grabbed 9 percent of the vote and stole a large chunk of votes from Romney in a survey released last week by the Democrat-affiliated Public Policy Polling.
Despite losing his lead, Obama still remains a more popular figure than Romney in Virginia, and Romney only fairs slightly better than Obama in a question of who would better handle the economy. Obama's call to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 also has significant support in the state, with 59 percent of those polled supporting it and just 36 percent against it.
For 63 percent of voters, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold Obama's Affordable Care Act will have no impact on their vote.
In Virginia's U.S. Senate race, Republican George Allen holds a slight lead, 46 percent to 44 percent, over Democrat Tim Kaine. Like nearly every poll that has come out since last year, the results are within the margin of error and the race is virtually deadlocked.