African Americans are Virginia’s largest minority, comprising about 20 percent of the population and a similar share of the electorate. Enthusiasm among black voters for President Obama, which was key to his victory four years ago, is taking on added significance in the final days before Nov. 6, given what polls show is essentially a tie nationally with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But voters in Petersburg, Va., which saw the highest black turnout in its history, are showing signs that enthusiasm for Obama — but not necessarily support for him — may have flagged. Here’s a look at Virginia — and Petersburg — today.
Oct. 25, 2012 President Obama greets supporters after his speech in Byrd Park in Richmond. With his once-comfortable lead in Virginia in doubt, the president made a plaintive and urgent appeal to thousands of supporters not to give up on his quest for a second term while renewing his harangues of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post