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Michelle Obama to campaign in Virginia Friday

First lady Michelle Obama will make two campaign appearances in Virginia Friday, one week after her husband spent two days in the crucial swing state.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to greet a crowd at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on June 14. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Virginians can expect to see a lot of Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and their high-profile surrogates as they battle to win the Old Dominion.

For decades, Virginians so consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates that campaigns bypasssed the state. Obama snapped the Democrats’ 40-year losing streak four years ago, but Republicans took the governor’s mansion and state Senate since then.

Now regarded as one of a handful of swing states that could decide the presidency, Virginia is enduring a deluge of TV campaign ads and regularly playing host to the candidates and their stand-ins.

Obama spent two days in the state last week. Romney visited the state late last month. And last week, ahead of Obama’s visit, Romney dispatched former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to open his Henrico County campaign office.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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