Obama: Virginia Is Most Important State On Election Day

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From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:

(HARRISONBURG, VA.) - Barack Obama cleared up any confusion that may have existed about what state he thinks may be the most important in the election, when he told a small crowd that winning Virginia is critical to his success in the election.

"There are a lot of important decisions to be made and no state is gonna be more important in this election than this state right here. The great state of Virginia," Obama told the 1,000 people who packed into an overflow room before the rally at James Madison University.

He made his way into deep Republican territory this afternoon, when he arrived in the heart of Shenandoah Valley. Noting that the last Democrat to travel to Harrisonburg was Stephen Douglas in his race against Abraham Lincoln, Obama said that his visit today is a testimony to the state.

"It's a testimony to the path our country has traveled that the last time a Democrat was here was Stephen Douglas and the next presidential candidate is Barack Obama," Obama said, "That's a testimony to Virginia and a testimony to this country."

According to the latest poll by the Washington Post, Obama leads McCain in Virginia, 54% to 44%.

He will host a rally in Norfolk tonight.