Just four years ago Virginia seemed a tough lift for national Democrats, moderate Jim Webb barely winning his 2006 U.S. Senate Campaign even after George Allen’s infamous “macaca” incident. But now the state Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win since 1964 is looking like something of a firewall for Barack Obama, the brutal economy and liberal discontent notwithstanding.
“It continues to look like Virginia may be Obama’s firewall state,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, which released a poll on Wednesday showing Obama’s approval rating in positive territory there, and the president leading Mitt Romney by six points and Newt Gingrich by seven. “He’s holding up well there and it’s going to be tough for the Republicans to get to 270 electoral votes without it in their column.”
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