We have seen the polls and listened to the pundits, but this morning we may get our first real sense of just how serious Mitt Romney's momentum is in the race for president.
The campaign has set up a significantly large venue in anticipation of the GOP nominee's visit and a big crowd on a Friday morning could give us an idea if his supporters truly think he has a chance to defeat Barack Obama.
In addition to the space you see here in front of and in back of the stage there is a huge swath of space behind the press riser to accommodate a large crowd. As of 9:30 this morning there were pretty big lines of people waiting to get into the space, which is behind the Mobility Supercenter on Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, just West of Chippenham Parkway.
Most polls show the race in Virginia locked in a dead heat. The Commonwealth is a must win for Romney, especially because his prospects in Ohio don't look as good as they do here.
We will be here all day and stream his speech live on NBC12.com. It is expected to start just afternoon 12pm. We also be live on NBC12 News at Noon with a live look at how the crowd is reacting to the event.
Don't forget to follow me on twitter for frequent updates during the event.