Obama seeks to keep once-red Virginia on his side

Obama seeks to keep once-red Virginia on his side

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is seeking to shore up support for his re-election in Virginia, a state that he won four years ago after decades of domination by Republican presidential candidates. 

For challenger Mitt Romney, Virginia now looms as a battleground crucial to his presidential hopes. 

Obama will travel to the southeast and southwest corners of the state on Friday, courting young and African-American voters in the Virginia Beach-Hampton area before turning to more conservative Roanoke. On Saturday, Obama will campaign in Richmond, a once-staunchly Republican region that he won in 2008. 

Both campaigns acknowledge Virginia's new role as a fiercely contested state after years of being virtually overlooked in presidential politics. Obama won the state by a 53-46 margin over his 2008 rival, Sen. John McCain.
 

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