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Economic Jitters Shake the Presidential Race in Virginia

An ABCNews/Washington Post poll reveals that the economy looms large over Virginia voters as they look to cast battleground ballots on Election Day.

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Longtime red, Old Dominion just might turn blue this year.
(ABC News)

"Economic jitters and a favorable Democratic climate are contributing to a competitive presidential contest in Virginia, a traditionally Republican state in national elections but one where Democrats have won the last three races for governor or U.S. Senate," writes Gary Langer, director of the ABC News Polling Unit.

Fifty-two percent call it the single most important issue in their vote, far and away No. 1. And eight in 10 are worried about the economy's direction in the next few years, with 45 percent very worried.

In Virginia, Sen. Barack Obama holds a 10-point over Sen. John McCain among registered voters in trust to handle the economy, the lead grows to 23 points when in understanding the economic woes of Americans.

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