Presidential Campaign

11:59am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

In Sandy's Wake, Romney Struggles To Regain Attention

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:53 pm

Mitt Romney helps collect and pack donated goods for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, in Kettering, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

It's not yet time to change the subject. That might pose a problem for Mitt Romney.

Media coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath has been intense in recent days, dominating regular news shows and prompting prime-time specials. With just a few days left before the election, the presidential contest has become an afterthought.

"It interrupted the news cycle at a time when there were favorable horse race stories for Mitt," says Tom Rath, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign. "In a campaign, you don't get to design the racetrack; you play the cards you're dealt."

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9:56am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:08 pm

An attendee holds up a button at a speech by President Obama on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati.
Carolyn Kaster AP

8:53am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Presidential Race: What If There Are Two Winners?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 2:10 pm

Kimberly Fisher cast her ballot Wednesday at a polling place at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.
Alex Brandon AP

Even before Hurricane Sandy came roaring up the East Coast, political prognosticators were worried about next week's election being thrown into chaos and confusion.

The reason is that with the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney so close, there's a possibility of something other than a clean outcome.

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5:10am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:36 am

A crowd listens at a rally with former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. President Obama canceled his appearance to return to the White House to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both campaigns have urged supporters whose states allow early voting to vote as soon as possible.
John Moore Getty Images

Suppose Sandy had struck a week later. With power out across multiple states, how would people be able to vote on Election Day?

"If this were happening next week, we have no provisions for dealing with this in law," says Thad Hall, a political scientist at the University of Utah.

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3:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Sandy Could Dent The Vote, But It's Unclear If It Hurts Obama Or Romney More

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 9:36 pm

First responders rescue flood-stranded people in Little Ferry, N.J., on Tuesday.
Craig Ruttle AP

With the death, destruction, flooding, power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Sandy the Superstorm, it may seem crass to ask about the impact on next week's election.

But here's a question: Could the trail of devastation left by the storm in a part of the nation whose states are generally colored blue in presidential races depress turnout in those states, especially among Democrats?

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