In Virginia, women are the key to an Obama win


Democratic presidential candidate, US President Barack Obama speaks on stage as he accepts the nomination for president during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Tom Pennington

In Virginia, President Barack Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by 8 points and women are the reason, according to a new poll.

The Washington Post survey showed the President is ahead by 19-percentage-points among female likely voters by 58 percent to 39 percent.

However, when it comes to male voters, Romney does much better. Men prefer Romney over Obama by six points, or by 50 to 44 percent, the Post reported.

Virginia is a key battleground state in the coming November election and both Democrats and the GOP are vying for women voters here, and across the nation, to solidify a win.

Obama, especially, needs women "to offset an expected loss to Romney among men," the Post noted.

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