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  1. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released an ad today in Virginia that focused on small businesses by telling the story of Bill’s BBQ, a recently closed local restaurant in Richmond, Va.

    This isn’t Romney’s first hyper-local campaign effort in the state. In September, Romney distributed mailers about Lyme disease to residents in Northern Virginia.

    With five days to go before the election, Romney is trying to hold on to his two-point lead over President Barack Obama in the state. Rasmussen Reports show that Romney is holding at 49 percent and Obama is at 47 percent. 

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  2. Laura Helmuth at Slate says Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s recent campaign mailer about Lyme Disease tells voters to “Forget the science, just channel your legitimate fear of a dangerous disease and your misguided fear of the medical establishment into a vote for us.”

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  3. Instagram photos by Samra Khawaja

    President Obama on Thursday brought his “middle class” tour to the richest county in the country: Loudoun county, Va.

    Thousands of supporters waited for hours in extreme heat conditions to hear the President speak in front of the oldest high school in the county, Loudoun County High School.  In the neighborhood across the from school, some residents welcomed the president and his supporters by decorating their front lawns with Mitt Romney posters.

    "Virginia, I have a different plan for America," Obama said. "We do not need tax cuts for wealthy Americans. We need it for working Americans."

    Supporters responded as Obama hammered Romney’s “simple idea” economic plans by chanting “four more years.”

    Obama reminded Loudoun County residents and Virginians of their success throughout his speech. Obama even cited recent Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach as an example of the talent in the state.

    Obama won Virginia by about five points in 2008, becoming the first Democrat since 1964 to win the state in a presidential election.

    "We won Loudoun last time; if we win Loudoun this time, we’ll win Virginia," Obama said. "And if we win Virginia, we’ll win the election."

    After the 25-minute speech ended, first time event goers like Mary Yakush and Helen Van Ryan said it was worth the long wait.

    "I think people are going to have to work really hard to ensure that Obama does win," said Yakush. "But I think he can win."

    "People just need to get out there and vote," said Van Ryan. "If those who are eligible to vote, vote, then Obama can win by a landslide again."

  4. My guess is they’re not sleeping real well at the White House tonight. That’s the way it ought to be, all right?”

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    Mitt Romney during his campaign stop in Sterling, Va.

    The presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney was joined by Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli in Sterling, Va. late Wednesday evening during his second campaign stop in the state this week.

    Romney spoke to a crowd of 500 supporters inside the warehouse of a high-tech manufacturer in northern Virginia, about his response to the court’s possible action on the healthcare ruling Thursday.

    As Romney called “Obamacare” a “moral failure,” Democrats quickly responded by pointing out how the Massachusetts healthcare law modeled what Romney wants repealed in Obamacare today.  

    Romney will be in Washington D.C. Thursday morning when the court announces its ruling on the healthcare issue.

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  5. instagram photo by samrakhawaja

    It is no surprise that President Obama and Mitt Romney are already campaigning heavily in Virginia. Along with a handful of other swing states, the Old Dominion is expected to hold the keys to the White House this year. 

    A Republican bastion in presidential races between 1968 and 2004, the increasingly liberal northern region just south and west of Washington, D.C., has swung the state towards the Democrats in 2008. But the state’s still influential conservative southern and far western parts create a competitive environment between Republican and Democratic candidates. 

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