'Frankenstorm' May Affect President Polls, Hurricane Sandy to Do 'More Damage' to President Obama Than Mitt Romney, Close Race
Hurricane Sandy will affect states that are crucial to the presidential polls, and a report is saying that it will affect President Obama's campaign more.
According to Yahoo!, the giant storm is affecting four battleground states: Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and New Hampshire. Both Obama and Mitt Romney have to schedule and re-schedule events.
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Obama had planned to hold three events in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia on Monday, but he then said he would only attend a morning rally in Florida before heading back to Washington. Then, he cancelled attending the rally to get back to Washington sooner to oversee the government's emergency response to Hurricane Sandy.
On the other hand, Romney is scheduled to campaign Monday in Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin. However, he canceled three Virginia events Sunday, and canceled a Tuesday evening stop in New Hampshire.
In a report by Christian Science Monitor, "TV ads can have more impact than cheerleading events with the faithful; they'll continue as long as there's electrical power. Both sides are flush with cash in this billion-dollar campaign." However, the website says that the storm has the "potential to do more damage to Obama than to Romney" because of a very close race where the challenger has been "gaining on the incumbent."
"All the GOP candidate has to do is avoid the appearance that he's taking political advantage of a potential tragedy - something he failed to do during the early hours of the terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But if things go wrong with the federal response to Sandy, Obama will be blamed. And the Obama camp in particular is counting on early voters and get-out-the-vote efforts come Election Day," CSM said.
"Obviously we want unfettered access to the polls because we believe that the more people that come out, the better we'll do," top Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CNN Sunday. "And so, to the extent that it makes it harder, that's a source of concern."
"I hope that it all clears out and by the next weekend, we'll be free of it," Axelrod added.
According to the Associated Press, Obama is looking for the 270 electoral votes needed to win re-election, but it's a tight race with Romney because Romney has pulled even, or is slightly ahead, in polling in a few pivotal states, including Florida and Virginia. He also has an advantage in North Carolina.
"The analysis shows that Obama probably would win with at least 271 electoral votes from 21 states, including Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa, and the District of Columbia. Romney seems on track for 206 from 23 states, including North Carolina," AP said. "Obama won that state in 2008 and campaigned aggressively there this year. But Obama's team acknowledges it is the most difficult state for him to win, and he's paid less attention to it recently."
Many things can happen until Nov. 6, election, will voters will soon have their voice heard and show the real winner.