Rasmussen: Obama Leads In Virginia

Rasmussen is out with a new survey of Virginia and it shows President Barack Obama besting both of his most likely Republican general election opponents in the key battleground state. 

In the survey of likely voters in the Commonwealth, Obama holds a six point advantage over Mitt Romney, 49 percent to 43 percent.  The president fares even better against Rick Santorum, topping the former Pennsylvania senator 51 percent to 43 percent.  Perhaps equally important for Obama, the poll shows his job approval above 50 percent among respondents. 

Obama won Virginia in 2008 and it will be an integral part of his map to re-election.  The TPM Poll Average currently shows an extremely close race there, with the president edging Romney by the narrowest of margins.