07/19/2012 07:30 am ET Updated Jul 19, 2012

Mitt Romney Ties It Up In Virginia: Poll

Wednesday night's CBS/New York Times poll showing President Barack Obama in a deadlocked race against Mitt Romney is being treated as a cause for some alarm for his re-election campaign. But this morning's Quinnipiac University poll out of Virginia should, in all likelihood, make the team in Chicago even more nervous.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney wipes out President Barack Obama’s lead in Virginiaand the two candidates are deadlocked 44 – 44 percent in the race for the Old Dominion’s 13 electoral votes, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 50 – 42 percent lead for President Obama in a March 20 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University and a 47 – 42 percent Obama lead June 7.

The takeaway from this poll is similar to the one drawn from the CBS/New York Times data: the economic news is overwhelming everything else, including the attacks on Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and his refusal to release his tax returns.

By a narrow 47 – 44 percent, voters say Romney would do a better job on the economy.

The difference is that the Obama campaign can live with the idea that the Bain capital attacks don't resonate nationally. It is, however, deeply invested in them working in critical swing states like Virginia.



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