Poll: Romney and Obama tied in swing-state Virginia

Obama and Romney each took 47 percent support in the poll. Other recent polls have shown Obama with a slight 2.7 percent lead, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

In a Web video on Monday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina identified Virginia as one of eight toss-up states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election.

Virginia was a reliably Republican state in presidential elections until 2008, when Obama defeated Sen. John McCainJohn McCainYes, let’s set politics aside on sage grouse conservation Democrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Obama's right to tackle redistricting, but it won't be easy MORE (R-Ariz.) by 6 percent there.

The president started off his campaign in Virginia in early May, and Romney received the endorsement of Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannThe right-wing wants a revolution, and we had better pay attention Bachmann: Trump, GOP feud isn't a 'civil war' Trump says 2016 is the GOP's last chance to win MORE (R-Minn.) at a campaign stop there just prior, where he was joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, whom many view as a potential vice presidential candidate.