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Poll: Obama holding steady in Virginia

The conventional wisdom is that how Barack Obama fares in Virginia in 2012 will determine the fate of his re-election campaign. If that is the case, Obama is looking good for a second term.

A Public Policy Polling survey of Virginia voters released on Wednesday has Obama running ahead of top Republican challengers Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Obama leads Gingrich by seven points (50 percent to 43 percent) and leads Romney by six (48 percent to 42 percent) in the PPP polling.

The poll was the fourth of the year of Virginia voters done by PPP, and Obama has consistently held leads over his top GOP challengers all year long.

Obama won Virginia in 2008 with a six-point margin of victory over Republican nominee John McCain. His leads over Gingrich, the current Republican presidential nomination frontrunner, and Romney are both in that same ballpark.

Obama has a slight plus-favorability rating among Virginia voters (48 percent favorable/47 percent unfavorable). Conversely, both Gingrich and Romney have high unfavorability numbers (Romney is seen unfavorably by 52 percent of Virginia voters; Gingrich is seen unfavorably by 55 percent).

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