Virginia polls put Obama ahead of Romney

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New polls puts Barack Obama ahead of Mitt Romney in the Virginia presidential race.

47 percent of Virginians favor the current president — verses the 43 percent who back Romney, the leading Republican candidate.

This is the first time President Obama has lead in a poll of Virginia voters. The race, however, remains tight.

Voters say the law that requires girls to get a HPV shot before entering sixth grade shouldn't exist.

50 percent of voters say the law should be repealed in Virginia. 42 percent are for it.

That's according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University.

A larger percentage of women are against it, while it was much closer among men.

The poll also finds that voters — more than three-to-one — support drug tests for welfare recipients. 76 percent support it while only 21 percent are against it.

The polls finds there is strong support among all party, income, religious and age groups.

Voters also back legislation that would allow public schools to open before Labor Day.

The poll is also good news for Gov. Bob McDonnell. He remains among the most popular governors in any state with a 58 percent approval rating.

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