Virginia Is A Must Win For Romney

Both Obama and Romney are gunning for Virginia. For Obama, it represents an electoral need. For Romney, Virginia is a must win if we wants to get to 270 electoral votes. Politico's Ginger Gibson weighs in:

Just look at the candidates’ schedules. President Obama will make Richmond the site of his kickoff campaign rally this Saturday and, as he often does, will motorcade across the Potomac on Friday for an official event in Northern Virginia, this one devoted to student loans at an Arlington high school. Mitt Romney has two stops in Virginia lined up this week, Wednesday in Northern Virginia and Thursday in Hampton Roads, and he will also be in Lynchburg to speak to graduates of Liberty University next week.

Both campaigns are also moving swiftly to build their organizations. Romney recently brought his Iowa state director, Sara Craig, to helm Virginia and his team hopes to open at least a dozen field offices in the next month. Obama has had a Richmond-based staff in place for months and just opened up his 13th field office last month. The action on the ground is mirrored on the air – Obama’s campaign and Romney’s super PAC are already broadcasting commercials in the state.

Virginia Republicans all say publicly that they believe Romney will put the state back in the GOP column, but many will concede privately that the general election begins with Obama a few points ahead. Both sides believe that Obama’s advantage is something less than the 8 points a Public Policy Polling survey had him ahead by this week. Republicans acknowledge that they’ve got work to do following an ugly primary season and Democrats are feeling more upbeat thanks to a resurgent economy in the state, the gender-related controversies that arose during the legislative session this winter and the distance from the Washington-spurred 2009 and 2010 backlash.

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