Virginia Republicans are practically giddy that a second state Democratic candidate appears to be distancing himself from an increasingly unpopular President Obama.

House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D) released a new TV ad in response to Republican state Del. Charles Poindexter’s attempt to tie him to Obama in the Southside district.

“Democrat Ward Armstrong, who was elected by his caucus to to be the voice of Democrats in the House of Delegates, is on the air with a new ad desperately trying to distance himself from President Obama, the leader of his party,’’ according to a release from the Republican Party of Virginia. “Clearly, Ward is worried about his failing chances for re-election, especially with Obama himself coming to Virginia later this month to spread the message of Hope and Change.”

Obama will travel to the swing states of Virginia and North Carolina as part of a three-day bus tour Oct. 17-19 to discuss jobs and the economy.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic president to carry Virginia in more than four decades, but in the years since, Democrats have lost ground.

Sen. Phillip Puckett, who faces a tough reelection battle in Southwest, said last month that he would not be supporting Obama for reelection in 2012.