Virginia loves Romney (Column, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Stephen J. Farnsworth

If Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, chooses to run for president again in 2016, he would be quite welcome in Virginia — more welcome, in fact, than many potential Republican candidates already designing their upcoming campaigns.

Indeed, in a hypothetical rematch this fall with President Barack Obama, a new statewide poll by the University of Mary Washington shows that the former Massachusetts governor would likely win the Old Dominion’s Electoral College votes. Obama won the state two years ago by 4 percentage points, but the new survey shows a 2-point margin favoring Romney among registered voters.


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