In swing state, women become both parties' focus

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 4:02 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — You've come a long way, baby.

A century ago, your mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers in Virginia and most of their sisters across the land of the free and home of the brave were still eight years from the right to vote.

This year, the presidential and Senate election in battleground Virginia not only involves you, ladies, it's all about you.

Both parties will spend millions courting you because whoever wins your favor likely wins Virginia and, quite possibly, the election.

A June Quinnipiac University poll shows President Barack Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney narrowly in Virginia largely on the strength of a 16 percentage point lead among women.

Both sides are airing ads aimed clearly at women voters statewide.

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