Hurricane Sandy Threatens Early Voting In Swing States
The exact path of the storm is hard to determine but Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia are likely to be hit, adding more drama to already close races. The storm is expected to cover the eastern third of the United States and may affect up to 60 million people.
Romney was forced to cancel a campaign appearance in Virginia while Obama had to reschedule a stop in Florida. Despite Sandy's impact on campaign travel schedules, the storm has done nothing to ease the frantic closing days of a tight election. From the BBC:
But despite concerns about Sandy's impact, with some polls suggesting the contest is a virtual dead heat, both Mr Romney and Mr Obama pressed ahead with campaigning in key swing states on Saturday.
Nine states are thought to be too close to call...
How Mr Obama handles the weather emergency and how far Mr Romney tries to make political capital out of it could enhance or harm their chances, says the BBC's Bridget Kendall, on the election trail.
The "Frankenstorm" may provide Obama with one last opportunity to appear presidential before Nov. 6. From the Los Angeles Times:
Stephanie Cutter, deputy manager of the Obama campaign, said Obama changed his schedule so he could focus on preparations for the storm.
"He's giving every resource he can to state and local partners," Cutter said on ABC's "This Week."
Mass transit systems along the Eastern seaboard will close Sunday night, including New York City's, the largest in the world. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hopes the closures will prevent residents from being "up and about," ABC reported. Transit closures are also expected in Washington D.C. and parts of New Jersey.
States of emergency have been declared in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and a coastal county in North Carolina.
Even though Sandy threatens to interupt the political system, the financial system has resolved to forge on. Despite the extreme weather, Wall Street has planned to open Monday, according to Reuters.
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