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(NBC) -- On Thursday, President Obama and Mitt Romney campaign in Virginia, where median income is 23% higher than the national average, and unemployment is way lower - under 6%.

Like Ohio Wednesday, the President is expected to hammer Romney for saying he'll ignore the 47% of voters who don't pay taxes. "I don't know how many of you will be with me this time around, but it doesn't matter, because I'm running to be your President, to represent everybody," said President Barack Obama.

"We're going to help those that need our help, we're a compassionate people," said : Mitt Romney/ (R) Presidential Nominee

Romney is 10 points behind in Ohio, according to Quinnipiac University. That's a bigger gap than NBC and the Washington Post reported.

No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning this state. "I'm gonna win Ohio. I'm going to become the next President in part because I'm going to have support of people in Ohio," proclaimed Romney.

The two literally almost passed each other campaigning, traveling on the same road through in Ohio.

Ohio begins early voting next week. Iowa starts today.

Iowa officials say requests for absentee ballots in some areas are already up 30% over 2008.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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