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Virginia profile rises in presidential contest
Virginia hottest new battleground in presidential contest
By The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) ' Cue the spotlight on Virginia, the hottest new battleground in this year's race for the White House.

Shifting demographics have President Barack Obama fighting for another win in this Southern state four years after he became the first Democratic presidential nominee to carry Virginia in more than four decades. Republican rival Mitt Romney is banking on buyers' remorse as he works to prove that Obama's unlikely 2008 victory was a fluke.

Both sides concede that Virginia is truly up for grabs six months before Election Day. And the outcome here could have dramatic consequences ' for Romney especially.

Already, Romney allies and Obama's campaign are pouring money into television ads. And, by week's end, each candidate will have visited the state.

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