Obama Leads In Virginia, McDonnell As VP Doesn't Seem To Boost GOP Ticket

It is virtually impossible for the eventual Republican presidential nominee to unseat President Obama without winning Virginia. Today's Quinnipiac survey (released March 20) is extremely bad news for the Republican field, particularly given that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who has been mentioned as a possible VP candidate, doesn't seem to boost the ticket in his own backyard. CNN's Kevin Liptak reports:

The poll from Quinnipiac University showed Obama leading all of the potential GOP candidates by at least eight points, including current frontrunner Mitt Romney, who Obama led 50%-42%. The president was ahead of Rick Santorum 49%-40%, Newt Gingrich 54%-35% and Ron Paul 49%-39%.

Both Gingrich and Santorum have lived in Virginia’s Washington suburbs since leaving the U.S. Congress.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is frequently mentioned as a potential GOP running mate, doesn’t make a significant impact on any of the candidates’ numbers in the state. When placed on a potential ticket with Romney, the Obama-Biden team still came out ahead, topping Romney-McDonnell 50%-43%.

Obama's approval in Virginia stood at 49%, according to the poll. That was his best rating in the Commonwealth in almost a year.

The Quinnipiac University poll was taken by phone March 13-18 from 1,034 registered Virginia voters, and had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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@Sarah_SV tweeted link to this page. 2012-03-20 14:24:28 -0400
POLL: VA Gov McDonnell as VP doesn't boost #GOP ticket at home, a crucial swing state http://t.co/hspltSXy Good news for Team #Obama. #p2
@FordOConnell retweeted @PoliticalQB 2012-03-20 13:29:20 -0400
Bad News: Obama Leads In Virginia, McDonnell As VP Doesn't Seem To Boost #GOP Ticket - http://t.co/jvADvB6G #VAGOP
@CivicForumPAC retweeted @PoliticalQB 2012-03-20 13:29:20 -0400
Bad News: Obama Leads In Virginia, McDonnell As VP Doesn't Seem To Boost #GOP Ticket - http://t.co/jvADvB6G #VAGOP
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