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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Obama returns to Northern Virginia on Monday

President Obama is coming to Virginia — again.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, left, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, right, look on as President Obama speaks ( Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg)

Obama will speak about his 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale on Monday, according to the White House.

Obama has been in the swing state of Virginia a lot these days.

The president was in Northern Virginia twice last week — talking about a new housing refinance plan at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church on Wednesday and the economy at an Arlington fire station Friday.

Obama’s re-election campaign has offices in Fairfax County, Richmond, Newport News and Petersburg.

And the campaign already has more than a dozen staffers in every region of the state, including Northern Virginia, some of whom have been here for more than two years through Organizing for America. It has held more than 4,000 events since April.

No Republican presidential candidate has much of a presence in Virginia yet. Only former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) will appear on the Virginia ballot on March 6, because the others could not meet the signature requirements.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic candidate to carry Virginia in 44 years. But recent polls show a tight race between him and Romney, the GOP front-runner. A Gallup poll tracking Obama’s approval ratings show the 2012 presidential election will come down to 10 swing states, including Virginia.

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