The republican presidential ticket will spend back to back days in the Commonwealth of Virginia this week. Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney will headline a rally in Fairfax on Thursday. His running mate Paul Ryan will hold a fundraiser in Roanoke and then hold a rally of his own Friday in Harrisonburg.
The Ryan rally in Harrisonburg is open to the public and will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, 4808 South Valley Pike in Harrisonburg.
The doors for the Ryan event open at 12:30pm. The program is scheduled to start at 2pm.
The Romney/Ryan public events will bookend a two stop, Central Virginia swing by First Lady Michelle Obama that will take place Thursday.
The battling appearances come on the heels of a new poll that gives the Romney/Ryan campaign the most encouraging hope they have had in Virginia in some time. A new Gravis marketing poll shows the GOP ticket leading Obama/Biden by 5 points, 49%-44%. The survey gave Romney a slight .8% edge in the last Real Clear Politics poll average.
However, despite the progress the republicans have made in Virginia, the news is a bit more grim in other places. Several new national polls gave President Obama a healthy bounce based of his convention and a poll of swing states also gives a lead to the democrats. The Real Clear Politics electoral college survey shows Obama winning handily, despite Virginia moving to the GOP column.
For more information on the Romney/Ryan rallies check out the candidate's web site.