From NBC's Mark Murray
The day before President Obama campaigns for Creigh Deeds (D) in Virginia's gubernatorial race, the latest Washington Post poll finds Deeds trailing Bob McDonnell (R) by 11 percentage points among likely voters, 55%-44%. A Post poll from earlier this month had McDonnell leading by nine, 53%-44%.
The election will take place a week from tomorrow.
From the Post's poll story: "Seven in 10 say the president -- who remains relatively popular with an approval rating of 54 percent among likely voters and 57 percent among all those registered to vote -- won't be a factor in their vote one way or the other. These findings suggest that the Virginia race may not be the early referendum on the Obama presidency that it is often held up to be."
And: "McDonnell holds double-digit advantages when it comes to dealing with the economy (plus 17 percentage points), transportation (16 points), taxes (25 points) and has overtaken Deeds as the one more trusted to handle issues of special concern to women (7 points). On taxes, which has been a focal point of the campaign in recent weeks, McDonnell has stretched his lead significantly, and now holds a better than 2 to 1 lead over Deeds among independent voters."