Barack Obama 48
John McCain 46
For the fourth month in a row Barack Obama is ahead by two points in PPP's Virginia poll. He's dominating among black voters, has a solid lead with other non-white voters, and is holding onto just enough white voters at this point for an overall lead in the state.
Virginia is the only battleground state PPP has surveyed since the conventions where Joe Biden gets better overall reviews from the electorate than Sarah Palin. His favorable rating is a net positive of 11 points, with 38% of Virginians saying they're more likely to vote for Obama with him on the ticket and 27% saying they're less likely to. Palin has more folks- 42%- who say they're more likely to vote for John McCain because of her, but she also has a lot more folks- 40%- who say they're less likely to vote for McCain.
Her selection may have helped crystallize support for Obama with the Democratic base. 91% of Democrats in the state are planning to vote for Obama, an unusual level of unity for the party especially in the south. It's a good thing too because McCain has opened up a 51-34 lead with independents.
In the state's Senate race Mark Warner continues to move toward an easy victory, with his lead 57-33 over fellow former Governor Jim Gilmore this month.
Full results here.