Hurricane Sandy is about to become something almost totally unique: a tropical storm which produces high tides, heavy rains AND heavy snows inland from the NE and in Appalachia. Widespread flooding and power outages are predicted anywhere from Virginia to Maine. The National Weather Service is using the kind of language they use when it really is a big deal and something to be concerned about. Here's my question: Since it's predicted to come ashore on Tuesday or Wednesday, a week before the election, will it have any affect on turnout? If so, which candidate will it hurt the most? To my mind, that depends upon exactly where it comes ashore. The worst effects will be felt in states which are right now solidly in the Obama camp, but a hit in Virginia could affect voter turnout in the toss up states of Virginia and Pennsylvania, potentially affecting the outcome of the election. What do y'all think? Will 5 or 6 days be enough time to "normalize" things before voting time?