The Obama and Romney tickets are making a flurry of final stops in battleground Virginia — the third-most-visited state in this campaign — as the race comes down to the finish line.
The presidential candidates, their running mates and spouses will have made 88 visits to Virginia between June and Friday, when first lady Michelle Obama speaks at Hampton University and Virginia State University in Petersburg. That puts the commonwealth behind only Ohio, with 126 visits, and Florida, with 112.
Four years ago, Obama became the first Democrat since President Lyndon B. Johnson to win Virginia in the presidential election. Both sides consider the state very much in play this time around. Obama was clinging to a slender lead in the state according to a Washington Post poll released last weekend. A Quinnipiac University poll out this week called the race too close to call.
On Saturday, Obama will attend a rally in Prince William County with former president Bill Clinton and musician Dave Matthews.
Vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will have a rally of his own that day, appearing with Senate hopeful George Allen (R) at Martinair in Richmond.
On Sunday night, Romney will appear in Newport News. Come Monday, on the eve of the election, he will headline two rallies, one at a Lynchburg airport and another at George Mason University.
Vice President Joe Biden also will appear in the state that day, but details are pending.