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Poll: Even with McDonnell, Romney struggling in Va.

Tuesday - 5/1/2012, 6:43pm  ET

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FILE - In this April 20, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Scottsdale, Ariz. President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden a year ago, and his use of it as a campaign issue now. He is questioning whether rival Mitt Romney would have made the same decision in targeting the al-Qaida leader. Romney says he would. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

WASHINGTON - The presumptive Republican presidential nominee continues to struggle in Virginia, even with the help of the state's governor.

A new Public Policy Polling survey of Virginia voters shows President Obama with a 51-43 lead over Mitt Romney. And the addition of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to the GOP ticket does little to improve his prospects, according to the survey.

"The spread remains exactly the same at 51/43 with him [Gov. McDonnell] in the mix," the poll states. "McDonnell has solid approval numbers with a 46/36 spread, but isn't overwhelmingly popular."

In December of 2010, Obama led Romney in Virginia polls by six points. In July 2011, that number dropped to four. And in May 2011, he led by 11 points.

The poll surveyed 680 Virginia voters from April 26 to 29. The margin of error was 3.8 percent.

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