Hurricane Sandy's Enormous Potential Impact on the Election

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 Hurricane Sandy has descended upon the East coast and looks poised to do yet unfathomable damage. In addition to the millions of people in the storm's wake, it could prove to be particularly challenging to Barack Obama who will have to act as president to a nation in emergency and as consummate campaigner in his bid to defeat Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

With only eight days until the election, the New York Times wondered aloud today how the storm could benefit or hurt him, "depending on how voters view his performance, and distract from efforts by both camps to advance a closing argument."

Early voting in potentially decisive states like Virginia and New Hampshire, where Gov. John Lynch declared a state of emergency, has stopped and voting may completely cease until election day. Read more here.