Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are now tied in Virginia, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac
. Each candidate is receiving support from 44 percent from Virginia voters.
The pollsters note that this signals a sizable shift in Romney's direction: "This compares to a 50 - 42 percent lead for President Obama in a March 20 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and a 47 - 42 percent Obama lead June 7."
"Virginia voters are sharply split along gender and political lines about the presidential race. The two candidates equally hold their own political bases and are splitting the key independent vote down the middle," Quinnipiac's Peter Brown says.
"One small edge that President Barack Obama has is likability. Voters have a slightly more favorable opinion of the president than they do Gov. Mitt Romney. ... "But neither man is exactly Mr. Popularity: Romney has a negative 39 - 42 percent favorability, compared to Obama's divided 46 - 48 percent. One of them is going to win the White House, but neither would get elected Prom King."
And as Quinnipiac notes, Obama is underwater in the state: "Virginia voters disapprove 51 - 45 percent of the job Obama is doing and say 50 - 47 percent he does not deserves a second term in office."
Virginia has 13 electoral votes.