A new survey of Virginia shows neck-and-neck races for both the White House and Senate, a return to the norm after a host of recent polls gave Democrats the advantage.
The Suffolk University/NBC12 poll shows President Obama getting 46 percent of likely voters to Mitt Romney’s 44 percent. And the survey has former governors George Allen (D) and Timothy M. Kaine (D) deadlocked at 44 percent apiece among likely voters.
Both the presidential and Senate contests in Virginia have been extremely close in a host of polls dating back several months. But a Washington Post survey released last week had Obama and Kaine both ahead by 8 percentage points among likely voters. A Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll and a Fox News poll unveiled last week also had Obama and Kaine ahead, though by smaller margins.
Virginia is considered crucial to determining which party controls both the White House and the Senate. Obama campaigned in Virginia Beach Thursday, while Romney appeared in Springfield.
The Suffolk poll found that 46 percent of Virginia voters believe Obama is the better debater of the two candidates, while only 19 percent picked Romney, setting a high bar for Obama to clear ahead of next week’s debate in Denver.
While Obama and Romney are effectively tied, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode and Libertarian Gary Johnson got 1 percent apiece, while Green Party pick Jill Stein got less. Some Republicans have feared Goode, a longtime congressman with a conservative record, could sap votes from Romney.
Kaine and Allen debated last week in McLean, and 88 percent in the Suffolk Poll said they did not watch. Of those who did, 47 percent thought Kaine performed better and 41 percent thought so of Allen.