With just 48 days to go until the election a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS news poll released Wednesday of likely voters shows President Barack Obama with 50 percent in Virginia compared to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's 46 percent.
This is a bump for both candidates from an Aug. 8 Quinnipiac poll where Obama had 49 percent to Romney's 45 percent.
Virginia is a key battleground state seen by many as a must win on Nov. 6. Romney is trying to put the commonwealth back in the republican column after Obama won the state in 2008. Obama was the first Democrat to do so since President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
The poll also looked at two other swing states, Wisconsin and Colorado. Obama eked past Romney in Colorado with 48 percent to 47 percent. In August Quinnipiac had Romney up 50 percent to 45 percent. Obama got 51 percent in Wisconsin to Romney's 45 percent.
“All the bounces seem to be over as the candidates buckle down for a seven-week down-to-the-wire race to the finish. The races are close, but Gov. Mitt Romney is losing ground to President Barack Obama in Colorado and Wisconsin and still trailing in Virginia,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Romney has the edge with men in the Old Dominion with 51 percent compared to Obama's 45 percent. Romney also leads among Independents 53 percent to 42 percent. Obama dominates among women voters 54 to 42 percent.
U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) took a lead over GOP opponent and former Gov. George Allen with 51 percent to 44 percent. Up to this point previous Quinnipiac polls had the Kaine-Allen race as a statistical dead heat, and the two are still tied among Independent voters with 46 percent apiece.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released last week had the two Senate contenders tied at 46 percent overall.
The Qunnipiac poll was conducted between Sept. 11 and Sept. 17 among 1,474 likely Virginia voters and has a plus or minus 2.6 percentage point margin of error.