A poll released Wednesday shows President Barack Obama leading GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in by four percentage points in Virginia.
The Quinnipiac University poll done in conjunction with the New York Times and CBS News has Obama with 49 percent compared to Romney's 45 percent.
In addition to the key battleground state of Virginia the poll also looked at two other swing states - Colorado and Wisconsin. Romney leads by five percentage points in Colorado, while Obama has a six percentage point lead in Wisconsin.
“There is good reason why Virginia, Colorado and Wisconsin are considered swing states – and this data shows how close they are,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Most voters say they have made up their minds. Nine out of 10 in each state say they are sure they will vote for the candidate they favor, which means that the pool of those who say they can be persuaded is pretty small.
In Virginia this poll is a boost for Obama from a Quinnipiac poll released in mid-July that had both presidential candidates tied at 46 percent.
The poll showed a gender gap in the commonwealth with women favoring Obama 54 percent to 40 percent, and men favoring Romney 50 percent to 46 percent.
Romney leads Obama with independent voters, with Romney garnering 50 percent to Obama's 43 percent.
As in previous Quinnipiac polls the race for the U.S. Senate between former Govs. Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) remains to close to call. The latest number show Kaine with 48 percent to Allen's 46 percent - well within the polls margin of error.
“Virginia’s U.S. Senate has been a dead heat since it began,” Brown said. “It’s pretty clear that whether George Allen or Tim Kaine becomes the Old Dominion’s next senator, it almost certainly will be by a razor-thin margin.”
The poll was conducted from July 31 to Aug. 6 among 1,412 likely Virginia voters with a +/- 2.6 percentage point margin of error.