Obama leads GOP contenders in key swing state of Virginia

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Virginia is one of twelve key swing states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election.

Obama leads Mitt Romney 48 percent to 42 percent, and leads Newt Gingrich 50 percent to 42 percent in the state.

According to a USA Today-Gallup poll released on Tuesday, Obama would need to win about half of the 151 electoral votes supplied by Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin in order to secure a second term.

Overall he trails Romney 43 percent to 48 percent in those 12 states, and trails Gingrich 45 percent to 48 percent, according to the USA Today poll.

Still, Virginia would be a big win for the president.

“If he wins Virginia he's probably going to win the Electoral College,” PPP posited.