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Obama pulls ahead of Romney in Virginia poll

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President Obama has moved ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia for the first time in Quinnipiac University’s polling, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, 47 percent to 43 percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll of the crucial swing state. The same survey in December showed Mr. Romney leading the president, 44 percent to 42 percent.

“For the first time since Quinnipiac University began polling Virginia voters on the race, President Barack Obama holds a razor-thin lead over Gov. Mitt Romney,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The keys are the president’s improved standing among independent voters and women in the Old Dominion.”

In Virginia’s Republican presidential primary, Mr. Romney still holds a commanding lead over Texas Rep. Ron Paul, 68 percent to 19 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who beat Mr. Romney Tuesday night in contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, did not qualify for the ballot in Virginia. Neither did former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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