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Bill Clinton stumps for Obama in southeast Va.

Associated Press Published: November 3, 2012

Indeed, passions reflected by this year's deep partisan divide ran deep in the crowd.

Self-employed homebuilder Jeff Martin of Roanoke said he has suffered from the real estate market collapse that took hold in 2008 and worsened under Obama, but that is now showing improvement. An independent, he said he will stick with Obama over Romney.

"I never made any money that I didn't earn," Martin said. "This other guy (Romney), he never earned any of the money he made."

Best friends Megan McKnight, 33, of Roanoke, and Amy Minucie, 26, of Salem, wore their support for reproductive rights for all to see. Spelled out in red-and-blue letters on white t-shirts they spent most of the previous night making was the message, "My uterus and I are voting Obama."

At Clinton's side in Roanoke was his longtime friend and adviser Terry McAuliffe, an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 2009 who is considering another run next year.

Polls show Romney and Obama locked in a toss-up race for the 13 electoral votes that Virginia last awarded to Obama in 2008. The state is one of a handful of undecideds that will determine which candidate wins Tuesday's election.

Until 2008, Republicans had won 10 consecutive presidential races in Virginia. Democrats generally conceded the state along with the rest of the South to the GOP, and it was an afterthought in presidential politics. Now, not a day passes without a major presence by the Obama or Romney campaigns.

Campaigning will continue on Sunday when Romney is scheduled to hold a rally in Newport News. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, return to Virginia on Monday for stops in Sterling and Richmond, with rock singer John Mellencamp.


Brock Vergakis in Chesapeake, Va., contributed to this report.