Obama will make a campaign stop in Charlottesville next week.
The President will visit Wednesday, August 29, according to a regional press spokesman, though event time and location haven’t yet been announced.
The Charlottesville stop will round off a tour of college towns that includes Ames, Iowa and Fort Collins, Colorado.
Obama’s last visit to the city was in October of 2010, when he stumped for Tom Perriello. He also made a campaign stop in 2007, and First Lady Michelle Obama has made appearances here several times—though her last planned visit, scheduled for July 20, was called off in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shootings.
Virginia is expected to be a key battleground state in the presidential election. National polls currently give Obama a slight edge over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the Commonwealth, but both camps say Virginia’s electoral votes will be crucial to a win—and they’re consequently showering the state with plenty of attention. Romney announced Paul Ryan would be his running mate in Norfolk August 11, and the vice presidential candidate has been back twice since.
We’ll update this story with details on Obama’s visit as they become available.