Obama will appear in Arlington on Friday

February 1, 2012

President Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama will speak about the economy at Fire Station #5 in Arlington on Friday, according to White House officials.

The president was in Northern Virginia Wednesday to announce a new housing refinance plan at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church.

Obama is no stranger to the crucial swing state of Virginia.

He has been here for official trips numerous times, including in October as part of a three-day bus tour

Obama already has campaign offices in Fairfax County, Richmond and Newport News, and will open another in Petersburg this weekend.

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 ballon 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 since then, Democrats have lost ground.

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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