Virginia's Role in the 2012 Presidential Election from C-SPAN Video Library Programs Recently Aired by firstname.lastname@example.org (National Cable Satellite Corporation) Larry Sabato talked about Virginia's role as a "swing" state in the 2012 presidential election, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the state's unemployment rate, voters, voting systems, and the areas of the state that are vital for both President Obama and Mitt Romney. "Swing" states are those in which either both major political parties have a strong chance of winning a state's electoral college votes.*As a result both Republican and Democrats campaign more heavily in those states because they represent the best chances to gain electoral votes.* This was part nine of a "Washington Journal" ten-part series on the ten "swing" states in the 2012 election: Florida, Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Ohio.