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Second poll shows Obama up on Romney in Virginia

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Photo - President Barack Obama holds a campaign rally at Centreville High School in July.  (AP Photo)
President Barack Obama holds a campaign rally at Centreville High School in July. (AP Photo)
Politics,Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

The second poll in as many days gives President Obama a lead over Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in Virginia.

According to a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News survey, Obama now enjoys support from 50 percent of Virginians, 4 percentage points ahead of Romney. A Washington Post poll released Tuesday said Obama led Romney by 8 percentage points, 52 percent to 44 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll is virtually unchanged from a month ago when Obama topped Romney 49 percent to 45 percent, an indication that neither candidate has sustained a surge in support since their respective party conventions.

The survey of likely voters was conducted before Sunday night, when Mother Jones magazine released a video of Romney telling donors at a private fundraiser that the nation is made up of "47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims." Whether those comments help or hurt Romney among independents, where he currently enjoys an 11 percentage point lead over Obama in Virginia, remains to be seen.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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