GOP hopes to sway Virginia voters

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by Cleve Bryan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 3:49 PM

NORFOLK - Not surprisingly, Republicans in Virginia weren't impressed that President Barack Obama campaigned in Norfolk on Tuesday.

"Students who voted for Barack Obama and bought into hope and change in 2008 graduated this May from Virginia schools. 50 percent didn't have jobs. That's not the hope and change they bought in to," said Pete Snyder, chairman of Mitt Romney's Virginia campaign.

Outside the NSU campus, a man stood alone in protest, retired servicemember Henry Guevara. He protested President Obama's support for funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions.

The Romney campaign admits both parties will need Virginia to win in November. The Associated Press reports polls show President Obama with a slim lead over Republican Mitt Romney but with Romney narrowing the margin.

Barack Obama was the first Democratic to take Virginia in a presidential race since 1964.

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