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Virginia

Electoral College Votes: 13

Most Recent Poll: In the newest Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News poll, Obama leads by 49 to 47 percent, down from 51 percent on Oct. 11.

State of the Economy: Unlike most states, a good portion of Virginia's economy is tied to the federal government because of its high number of defense contractors and government workers. But although, like most states, it fears the possible "fiscal cliff" the nation may fall over if lawmakers cannot come to an agreement on the debt ceiling and other budgetary issues, it also has set aside $30 million to cushion the blow.

—Unemployment: 6.1 percent
—2011 Black Unemployment Rate: 11.3 percent
—2011 White Unemployment Rate: 6.5 percent
—Black Voting Population: 20.4 percent
—2008 Winner: Barack Obama (52.7 percent)

(Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

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