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Hurricane Sandy Disrupting Campaigns

Hurricane Sandy has affected the presidential campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney.  The president has returned to Washington D.C. to manage emergency relief efforts while Romney is scheduling rallies away from the storm.

Obama held a news conference today, assuring Americans that he and his administration are ready to deal with Hurricane Sandy.

“I am not worried at this point on the impact on the election…the election will take care of itself next week,” said the president.

Romney is holding a rally in Iowa today, but his campaign has cancelled 15 other events because of Sandy.

“Gov. Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harm’s way,” said Gail Glitcho, Romney’s spokeswoman.

There is a concern that Sandy will keep early voters away from the polls.  The campaigns must adjust their strategies to cope with this.

In Virginia, the State Board of Elections has closed 21 offices.  Even more have been shut down in North Carolina.

Former President Clinton said that America is “coming down to the 11th hour.”

“We’re facing a violent storm.  It’s nothing compared to the storm we’ll face if you don’t make the right decision in this election,” said Clinton.