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Mitt Romney campaigns in Virginia as new poll shows him with a small lead

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney campaigns Wednesday in the crucial swing state of Virginia, where a new poll gives the Republican presidential candidate a 5-point advantage over President Obama.

The automated poll of 1,100 likely Virginia voters by We Ask America said Romney had 48 percent support, to Obama’s 43.3 percent. The margin of error is nearly 3 percentage points.

Romney’s schedule takes him late in the afternoon to EIT LLC, an electronics company in Sterling, a Washington exurb in northern Virginia.

Three other swing-state polls released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed Obama with leads of varying size. In Florida, Obama had a slight edge, 45 to 41 percent. In Ohio, Obama topped Romney, 47 to 38. And in Pennsylvania, Obama leads by 45 to 39 percent. Each of the polls had a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

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The president’s margins in those polls are built on leads among women, younger voters, and African-Americans. With more than four months to go before Election Day, it’s way too early to draw any major conclusions. Nonetheless, the Quinnipiac offered a big “what if’’ analysis in its press release.

“If [Obama] can keep those leads in all three of these key swing states through election day he would be virtually assured reelection,’’ said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

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