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Obama leads Romney in swing state Virginia

President Obama leads Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia, boosted by women voters.

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US President Barack Obama visited Ohio today, where he learned that he leads Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in some of the most important battlegrounds. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday morning showed that President Obama still holds a lead among voters in the swing state of Virginia, especially boosted by women voters, according to The Huffington Post.

Obama leads Romney 47 to 42 percent, a slightly narrower lead than the last poll where he led 50 to 42 percent, during the Republican primary in March.

According to Politico, adding Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Republican ticket does not change the result significantly, with the Obama-Biden ticket still leading with 48 percent to Romney-McDonell's 43 percent.

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"His lead over Romney is built upon a continuing gender gap that favors him – essentially the president stays close among men while he is very strong among women," said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac polling, according to Politico.

In Virginia, Obama leads among women with 51 percent to Romney's 35 percent. Romney leads Obama among men, 49 to 44 percent.

The poll also found that Virginia voters opposed same-sex marriage 49 to 42 percent, and 25 percent of those polled said the issue was "extremely important" or "very important" in how they cast their vote for president, according to CBS News.

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The Daily Beast pointed out that a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll which showed Romney gaining among women voters was actually Romney gaining among Republican women voters.

Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics, said, "What we are seeing is GOP women who had been previously spread among many candidates coalescing around the presumptive nominee," according to The Daily Beast. "Romney is picking up who he should be picking up."

Overall, Obama still held a large lead among female voters in May, with Gallup's May 6 poll showing him leading Romney 49 to 42 percent.

After the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked in the Senate on Tuesday, Obama said in a statement, "It is incredibly disappointing that in this make-or-break moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics ahead of American women and their families," according to The Daily Beast.

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