(WASHINGTON TIMES) — President Obama has moved ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia for the first time in Quinnipiac University’s polling, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, 47 percent to 43 percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll of the crucial swing state. The same survey in December showed Mr. Romney leading the president, 44 percent to 42 percent.

“The Obama bump could be driven by the perception that the economy is improving,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poling Institute. “And, the nasty GOP primary fight is not helping Romney, exposing swing voters to lots of negative attacks on him from within his own party.”

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