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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.