A new poll from the Washington Post shows President Obama ahead by 7 points over former Massachusetts Gov. and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the swing state of Virginia, 51 - 44. "Romney has not been able to improve his statewide support from a poll a year ago even as his Republican opponents have fallen by the wayside," the Post wrote in its analysis. "Yet he leads Obama by a huge margin among Republicans, just as Obama enjoys a massive lead among Democrats. The key to Obama’s overall edge can be found in the middle of the spectrum. The incumbent has the edge among independents, and a 23-point advantage among self-described moderates."
Another poll of that state from Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling released this week showed Obama with an 8 point lead, again at 51 percent total support. The TPM Poll Average shows Obama trending up moderately while Romney falls slightly.