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Virginia's biggest, costliest election in voters' hands

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Virginia's biggest, most expensive political season with unprecedented attention from presidential candidates is coming to a conclusion.

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are in a toss-up race for the 13 electoral votes that both parties consider vital for victory. Polls are open in Virginia from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In the campaign's final week, both candidates and their A-list surrogates have blanketed Virginia, which for 40 years was a reliably Republican afterthought in presidential politics.

In another tight race, two former governors, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, are battling for the seat Democratic Sen. Jim Webb is vacating. The outcome could determine whether Democrats keep their narrow U.S. Senate majority.

State Board of Elections figures show absentee voting is up slightly over 2008.

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