Virginia once again to be heavily courted at politcal convention

Tim Kaine (left) and Barack Obama.

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So it went for Virginia delegates at last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, and so it will be again this week in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention.

The Old Dominion, having gradually moved from a deep-red state to a decidedly purple one, again will be courted with an elevated level of respect this week.

That's because of two words: swing state.

Per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "{ }"It really does come down to 18 electoral votes in Ohio and 13 in Virginia, at least according to my calculations," said Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

"Because of the state's prominence, Sabato said, he expects Virginia to receive the royal treatment at this year's Democratic convention.

"I don't know what the floor plan is in Charlotte, but I'd be shocked if Virginia didn't have a prime spot," he said, noting that it was certainly the case in Tampa, where Virginia and Ohio had the best seats in the house for the Republican National Convention."