U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an election campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, November 5, 2012, on the eve of the U.S. presidential elections. (Photo : Reuters)
Virginia's 13 Electoral College votes were destined for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, until latest polling figures might have the incumbent taking the victory.
According to polling figures gathered by Real Clear Politics, Romney led the latest polls in the Commonwealth of Virginia in October but polls such as the Washington Post started to show the president leading by four percent among 1,128 likely voters. The poll shows Obama with 51 percent to Romney's 47 percent.
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Purple Strategies continued to see Romney's numbers decrease as the candidates were tied at 47 percent form the 600 likely voters polled during Oct. 23 and Oct. 24.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) then saw Obama regain his numbers to 51 percent to Romney's 47 percent from the 975 likely voters surveyed last weekend.
However, Rasmussen Reports gives the Romney campaign some hope as the former Massachusetts governor leads by two percent. Romney received 50 percent to Obama's 48 percent in the Rasmussen poll.
Including the before mentioned polling data, Real Clear Politics is averaging Obama leading the state by 0.3 percent. However, the numbers are considerably down compared to his 2008 victory when then-Illinois Senator Obama won Virginia by a 6.3 percent margin. Obama received 52.6 percent to McCain's 46.3 percent.
Real Clear Politics has originally projected Virginia to give its 13 Electoral College votes to Romney but due to the recent numbers, has classified it for Obama.
The last time Virginia voted for the Republican presidential candidate was in 2004 for President George W. Bush.