Superstorm puts Presidential campaign at standstill

5:59 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Early, in-person voters have not been deterred by the stormy weather in Cuyahoga County.

More than 2,400 voted Monday, despite the high winds and rain. It's the second highest total since early voting started.

Early voter Greg Richardson said, "It's too important to miss, regardless of the weather. We need to be out here voting."

While voters here are not missing a beat, the Presidential candidates have taken a storm timeout.

President Barack Obama is cancelling a Wednesday rally at the University of Akron. He's staying in Washington to oversee storm relief efforts,

"I'm not worried about the impact on the election. I'm worried about the impact on families," he said.

Mitt Romney turned a Tuesday event outside Dayton in Kettering into a storm relief effort, collecting supplies.

"It's part of the American spirit, the American way to give to people who are in need," he said.

Operations at local campaign offices for both candidates continued, despite the storm distraction.

Experts say the storm and the campaign timeout may work against Romney, stifling his momentum.

It is diverting media attention from the race, drowning out a last round of TV ads, and changing campaign schedules.

On Wednesday the President will tour storm-ravaged New Jersey with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Mitt Romney has three events in Florida.

Both candidates are expected back in Ohio before Election Day,


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