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Mark Trahant: Hurricane Sandy could affect outcome of election

"Hurricane Sandy is the monster storm threatening millions of people living on the eastern seaboard, already shutting down many cities and the federal government in Washington, D.C. The storm has closed schools, disrupted transportation and could rip apart the region’s power grid, cause major flooding, and destroy homes and buildings. Already hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from low ground.

Sandy is also the ultimate “X” factor that could change the outcome of the election. In a close race, neither campaign knows what the storm means to their campaign. It’s a true “X” factor. Unknown.

It’s unknown how many voters will not be able to get to polls, early or otherwise. On Monday morning it’s unknown which states will be impacted the most.

“This is the biggest thing I’ve ever covered in my entire career, and it’s certainly going cover a lot of real estate before it’s done,” said Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel."

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