Mitt Romney Stumps on Obama’s Turf, Heads to Northern Virginia

Loudoun County, Virginia is as much an exurb as it is a suburb of Washington, DC but it is a definite Battleground this election season. In 2008 Obama won this county by 8 percentage points, 54 to 46. On Wednesday, Mitt Romney is going to be stopping by to say hello:

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will extend his swing through battleground Virginia this week, making a campaign stop in Loudoun County on Wednesday. Romney is holding an event in the Roanoke area Tuesday, appearing at Carter Machinery in Salem. On Wednesday afternoon, he’ll hold an event in Sterling at EIT LLC, an electronic design and production services company. Northern Virginia and the Roanoke-Lynchburg area will be critical regions of the state in November’s election.

Romney made two campaign stops in Virginia in early May, holding events in Fairfax County and in Portsmouth. He also delivered the commencement address May 12 at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

UPDATE: More on Romney’s visit to Northern Virginia:

The Northern Virginia technology company that Mitt Romney will visit this week happens to be, if you must know, doing fine.”We actually are doing fine,” Del. Joe T. May (R-Loudoun), the owner of EIT, said with a chuckle Monday after Romney’s campaign announced plans to visit the electronic engineering and manufacturing firm’s Sterling headquarters.

May isn’t exactly sure why Romney chose to visit his company, which employs 300 at two offices in Northern Virginia and two manufacturing facilities in Danville. The firm opened its second Danville facility, a 60,000 square-foot plant, in November. May figures someone involved in local Republican politics suggested EIT primarily because he’s a Republican small businessman. “I obviously didn’t propose the program to him,” May said. “His staff asked if we would be willing to host his presence and the answer is, ‘Sure.’ … They haven’t shared the gist of his remarks, but I would expect them to be business related, economy related and how are we going to improve the U.S. economy.” If Romney talks about how Obama’s health-care overhaul could hurt small businesses — provided the Supreme Court doesn’t throw it out this week — May can be counted on to nod his head approvingly. May is concerned that it would drive up insurance costs, although he hasn’t fully crunched the numbers. “We’ve done some really crude estimates and it is discouraging,” May said.

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