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Quinnipiac: Obama leads in Virginia

A new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State Poll released Wednesday has Democrat Barack Obama in the lead in Virginia.

Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney 49 percent-45 percent in Virginia.

Of particular note is that the poll finds that most Virginia have made up their minds, said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Nine out of 10 in each state say they are sure they will vote for the candidate they favor, which means that the pool of those who say they can be persuaded is pretty small,” Brown said.

The poll has the U.S. Senate race too close to call – with 48 percent for Democrat Tim Kaine and 46 percent for Republican George Allen.

“Virginia’s U.S. Senate has been a dead heat since it began,” said Brown. “It’s pretty clear that whether George Allen or Tim Kaine becomes the Old Dominion’s next senator, it almost certainly will be by a razor-thin margin.”