NORFOLK--If you needed more proof that Virginia's a must-win state in the November election, Republican Mitt Romney is campaigning Hampton Roads on Saturday.
The "Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour stops in downtown Norfolk at Nauticus on Waterside Drive. He will tour USS Wisconsin at 8:45 a.m. and then the program begins at 9:05 a.m.
It is the third visit by the presidential candidates in the last three months.
"We want Washington, DC to look more like Virginia and having the candidates come to Virginia, get a feel for Virginia and then particularly having our governor considered as a possible running mate, I think that's just fantastic," said Del. Chris Stolle (R-Va. Beach.)
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From Norfolk, Romney will go to Homemades by Suzanne in Ashland and then attend a victory rally at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas.
Political analysts say it's more proof of Virginia's importance.
"Virginia is in play," said Regent University's Chuck Dunn. "It's a must-win state for Mitt Romney. If he can't carry Virginia, that bodes ill for him."
Meantime, the Democratic National Committee says it's bus will be in Norfolk Friday afternoon.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and local Democrats will be at 3300 E. Princess Anne Road beginning at 4:30 p.m. The DNC says the tour will be following Romney and challenging his economic policies.
A new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday afternoon says President Obama holds 7-point lead over Romney.