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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 Sidney McCainTo woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Senate panel again looks to force Trump’s hand on cyber warfare strategy Senate panel advances 6B defense policy bill 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 Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota 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.