Cantor: Romney, Allen will win big in Virginia

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) predicted Mitt Romney will win in Virginia on Tuesday — and win by a bigger margin than deadlocked polls have shown.

Cantor also said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) will beat former Gov. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in the state's Senate race, which has seen Allen trailing in the polls.

“On the ground in Virginia there’s a lot of enthusiasm for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan,” Cantor said. “We’re going to win this state, and I think we’re going to win a lot bigger [than polls have shown].”


Virginia is a key state that Mitt Romney needs on his path to 270 electoral votes, and polls there have shown a tight race.

The Real Clear Politics polling average has Romney with a tight 0.3 percent lead in Virginia, 47.9 to 47.6, the slimmest of any battleground state.

President Obama won Virginia for the Democrats for the first time since 1964, and the state has been hotly contested throughout the presidential campaign. Obama appeared at a campaign rally with former President Clinton in Virginia on Saturday evening.

Romney will also be making an appearance in Virginia on Monday.

In the Virginia Senate race, Kaine has a 0.8 percent lead in the RCP polling average.