The effects of the superstorm could hurt turnout in traditionally blue states, limiting the popular vote for President Obama. But if Obama's response to the disaster is looked upon favorably, the opposition might be less motivated to turn out.
Over the course of a long campaign, Americans have gotten a chance to learn more about President Obama. His personality and his performance as a leader, a debater and a candidate have all been under the microscope.
Governor Mitt Romney's campaign converted a Dayton, Ohio, campaign stop into a "relief" event for victims of Sandy. But it still bore many of the hallmarks of a traditional campaign event. The Romney campaign was also responding to questions about comments the Republican presidential nominee made last year about partially privatizing and devolving to states certain functions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The devastation from Sandy has raised questions about whether Election Day can, or should, be moved in some of the hardest hit areas. The law governing when the presidential election is held is not clear about what to do in an emergency.
Staffers at The Seattle Times are protesting the newspaper's decision to run free political ads for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and for the state's referendum that would legalize same-sex marriage. The company says the ads are part of a pilot project to prove that political advertising in newspapers can work. But journalists at the paper say giving away the space diminishes their journalistic integrity.
Superstorm Sandy has become the main focus of both candidates, but what politicking does remain has Toledo, Ohio, and its Jeep plant at its center. The campaigns are fighting over Mitt Romney's claim that all Jeep jobs are heading to China. Chrysler and the Obama campaign say that's not true.
Shirley Sherrod was forced out of the Department of Agriculture because of a misleading video. An edited clip appeared to show her saying she didn't want to help white farmers save their land. But the entire speech made it clear that Sherrod was actually saying racism is wrong. She talks with host Michel Martin about her book The Courage To Hope.
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