Poll Finds Virginia Voters Favor Obama Over Romney And Santorum

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — It looks as though Virginia could be going blue again in November.

Voters in the Commonwealth prefer President Barack Obama over all Republican presidential candidates according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Against frontrunner former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama holds a 50 to 42 percent lead — the biggest of the current election cycle.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is rumored to be in the running to become the GOP vice-presidential candidates, but putting his name on the ballot would not impact voters in his home state according to the poll. President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden would triumph over a Romney and McDonnell ticket by a 50 to 43 percent margin.

“What this Quinnipiac University survey finds is that despite the governor’s approval ratings with Virginia voters, he does not appear to help give the GOP the state’s electoral votes,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said.

Against Romney’s chief competitor in the race Rick Santorum, the poll found Obama holds a 49 – 40 percent margin.

The odds were nearly identical for Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, 49 – 39 percent in favor of Obama.

What stands out in the poll, however, is Newt Gingrich is a distant fourth among all candidates. President Obama’s projected margin of victory was 54 – 35 percent against the former House Speaker.

“President Barack Obama has opened up some daylight in Virginia against his Republican challengers,” said Brown. “His margin over Romney, in the state where Obama has been struggling after his win in 2008, compares to a slight 47 – 43 percent lead in February.”

“The president’s lead over Romney in Virginia is due mainly to his strong margin among women, 52 – 39 percent, but he also wins 48 percent of men to Romney’s 45 percent.”

The poll also found independent voters favor Obama over Romney by a 46 – 43 percent margin.

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