Five ways Hurricane Sandy could affect the election

Posted by    |    October 30th, 2012 at 5:40 am

A wave crashes over the protecting sandbags in front of the houses on the east side of Ocean Isle Beach during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, October 27, 2012 (Credit: Reuters/Randall Hill)As Hurricane Sandy targets the East Coast, nearly 8,000 airline flights have been cancelledMass closures of schools and public transit systems have resulted; hundreds of thousands of residents have been told to evacuate their homes.  Federal government offices in the Washington area are closed todayThe New York Stock Exchange is closing its trading floor as well, its first weather-related closure in 27 years.

What does “Frankenstorm” mean for the presidential election, now just eight days away?  Politico suggests five possibilities.  One: it could slow Mitt Romney’s momentum by lessening his ability to campaign in states affected by the storm.  Two: it could give President Obama a natural advantage as he exercises his duties in response to the emergency.  Three: it could affect last-minute TV ads, as people without power won’t see them.  Four: it won’t affect early voting much, as most of the states in the storm’s path allow such voting only for absentees.  Five: it could hamper Democrats’ efforts to get out their vote.

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