From NBC's Mark Murray
On the very day President Obama stumps for Creigh Deeds
As we mentioned in First Thoughts this morning, the Northern Virginia vote will be key for Deeds, and the poll shows getting 65% of the vote there, which matches up favorably to what Tim Kaine and Obama were able to get. But McDonnell
is crushing Deeds among independents, 55%-40%. And Deeds also is underperforming among African Americans (22% of them say they're undecided).
Another thing from the poll: Obama's approval in Virginia is 51%-44%. While Research 2000 polls tend to have Obama's overall approval a bit higher than in other national polls, those Virginia numbers are almost identical to Obama's margin in the state from last November -- 53%-46%.