RICHMOND (WWBT) - The topsy-turvy Virginia political picture took another turn today, with a new poll that is filled with good news for President Obama. It is just one poll, but democrats are very satisfied with what it says in many key areas that will be vital to the November election.
It is still a very close race, but it appears that President Obama's intense focus on the commonwealth is starting to pay off. A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac shows the Obama- Biden ticket with their largest lead in Virginia, 8 points over Mitt Romney.
Democrats credit the intense focus on social issues in the recent general assembly session as part of their success. They have coordinated on all levels to bring a bright focus to bills, sponsored by republicans impacting abortion and guns.
That may have pushed Obama to a 52%- 39% lead with women.
But republicans have yet to pick a candidate. While Romney is in the lead, The GOP nomination isn't sealed. On CNN Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said the long primary is not a problem.
"He's getting more and more endorsements from key people, conservatives, independents, moderates," said McDonnell, Romney supporter. "I think he'll be the nominee and I think it will be by June."
McDonnell's boosters believe adding the Virginia governor to the ticket would help Romney's chances in the commonwealth, but this poll doesn't reflect that point of view.
A hypothetical Romney- McDonnell ticket only moves the meter one point in the GOP's direction.
But it wasn't all bad news for republicans.
The race remains tight with the one group that could decide the election. The spread with independents is only three points. It is essentially a statistical tie.
While the race for president is currently in democratic hands, the competition for U.S. Senate is still too close to call. The same way it has been since Tim Kaine and George Allen decided to get in the race.
You can see the full poll on Decision Virginia.