A new survey shows Mitt Romney tied with President Obama in the battleground state of Virginia — exciting news for a Republican challenger who has consistently trailed in recent polling of the state.

The survey, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, shows each candidate garnering 44 percent of the vote. That's a five-point swing in Romney's favor since early June.

The poll comes a day after a CBS/New York Times poll showed Romney with a narrow 1-point lead, the first national survey in weeks to show the Republican challenger ahead. And, as with the national numbers, Romney seems buoyed by voters' perceptions on the economy. Virginians surveyed said the Republican challenger would do a better job on the economy, by a 47-44 percent margin.

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The poll also found former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) with a 46-44 percent lead over former Democratic Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSenate Democrats ramp up push to limit Biden's war powers Sweeping election reform bill faces Senate buzz saw How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force MORE in the state's deadlocked and hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

There's a bit of evidence that this latest poll might have favored Republicans in its sampling, however. 

In early excerpts of the poll released Wednesday, the state's Democratic senators both saw significant drops in their approval ratings, with Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerBiden signs executive order to improve federal cybersecurity Overnight Defense: Former Pentagon chief to testify about Capitol riot Wednesday | Senate Intelligence chairman wants Biden to review US Space Command move Wyden: Funding infrastructure with gas tax hike a 'big mistake' MORE down 7 points and Sen. Jim Webb down 5. Both Democrats now hold their lowest approval rating numbers in the poll's history — a curious shift, considering that neither has made the sort of headlines in recent weeks that would precede such a change.

The numbers should make Old Dominion Democrats wary, especially if economic concerns in the commonwealth continue to drive voters toward Republican candidates.