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Virginia Plays Big Role For Obama, Romney

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This photo combo shows President Barack Obama in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 24, 2012, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on April 18, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.
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This photo combo shows President Barack Obama in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 24, 2012, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on April 18, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.

Virginia is again looking like a battleground state in this year's presidential election. The state is also shaping up to be a focus for fundraising.

Both President Obama and his likely opponent this fall, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), received about $1 million from donors in the Commonwealth over the first quarter of 2012. Romney's tally was just over $989,000. Obama raised slightly more, collecting about $992,000.

The numbers come from data collected by the nonprofit, non-partisan Virginia Public Access Project, an independent tracker of cash in state politics.

Northern Virginia factored prominently for both campaigns. Romney received 58 percent from Alexandria, Arlington and McLean. He had 954 donations overall for the quarter.

Obama's campaign received donations from 1,765 Virginians in the same period, with 26 percent of those coming from Alexandria and Arlington alone.

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