Obama to embark on two-day swing through Virginia

President Obama will hold a half a dozen campaign stops in Virginia this weekend.

On Friday, he will appear in Virginia Beach, Hampton and Roanoke. On Saturday, he will travel to Clifton and Henrico County.

Sen. Mark Warner (D) and U.S. Senate hopeful Tim Kaine (D) will join Obama on Friday. Both had been scheduled to spend the weekend at Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee events in Boston, but changed plans to be in Virginia with the president as well.

That same day the nation’s governors will be in Williamsburg for the annual meeting of the National Governors Association.

Virginians should expect to see plenty of Obama this year in the swing state.

Recent polls show Obama with a slight lead in Virginia, although most surveys rely on data that predate Mitt Romney’s clinching of the GOP nomination. A Washington Post poll in May had Obama ahead of Romney, 51 percent to 44 percent, among registered state voters.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Virginia in 44 years. But since then, Democrats have lost ground to Republicans, who won statewide elections in 2009, a commanding majority of Virginia’s congressional delegation in 2010 and the state Senate in 2011.

“When President Obama heads to Virginia this week, he’s going to have to face the fact that his failed economic policies are hurting Virginia workers and families, and they are tired of waiting for him to fulfill his 2008 campaign promises,’’ Romney spokesman Curt Cashour said. 

Here are details of some of the events:

On Friday, Obama will appear at Historic Firehouse #1 at 12 Church Ave. SE in Roanoke, Green Run High School at 1700 Dahlia Dr. in Virginia Beach and Phoebus High School at 100 Ireland St. in Hampton. Tickets will be required to attend the events.

On Saturday, Obama will appear at Walkerton Tavern & Gardens at 2892 Mountain Rd. in Glen Allen and Centreville High School at 6001 Union Mill Rd. in Clifton. Tickets will be required for admission to the events.

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