Sandy’s an election wildcard, say students

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by Kenya Abbott, Jr.

The lives on the East Coast may not have been the only ones affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The election is less than a week away and Hurricane Sandy has become the wildcard in an election that will determine which direction the country will follow for the next four years.

Early this week, Hurricane Sandy landed on the East Coast and all the eyes went from campaigning to evacuating people and making sure others were safe.

What this could mean for candidates campaign can be critical.

Lillian Brown, a junior at Michigan State University, acknowledged that the hurricane will have an effect on the election.

“There will have to be many changes made on the east coast to ensure that citizens can still vote, even though many may not,” Brown said.

There have been reports that the hurricane might create problems on Election Day.
Fox News reported that Hurricane Sandy has closed down some early voting and may lead to possible postponing of the election on Tuesday.

These different states are making efforts to restore power at polling locations, changing polling locations as well as postponing Election Day if necessary.

Kevin Jackson, a Michigan State alumnus believes that Hurricane Sandy can play a huge role in affecting Barack Obama’s campaign base as well.

“Many of the people that will be highly affected usually are middle class and lower class people, most who will vote for Obama,” Jackson said.

However, the election is not President Barack Obama’s concern at this point he says.

Brown believes that the reactions of the candidates to Hurricane Sandy will have a huge impact on the election outcome.

“This is a time for candidates to prove themselves in tough situations,” Brown said.

Jackson believes that even if there is a loss of voters on the Eastern Seaboard, the efforts of the president can help for him to gain more followers in other parts of the United States.

“The president’s action in coordinating relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy demonstrates leadership during a crisis that a president should exhibit,” Jackson said.

No one really knows what the United States will look like on Election Day. Most are saying that much of the disasters will still linger on November 6.

While candidates are handling the crisis differently and the people are patiently waiting for assistance, there is still an election that will take place in a matter of days.

“This election will still go on,” Brown said. “This just shows that anything can happen, and as a president I respect what Obama is doing.”

Could President Barack Obama’s reaction play a part in being reelected? Or is Mitt Romney gaining votes through his “storm relief” event and continuous campaigning?

“I know I’m still voting, this election is critical,” Jackson said. “I just hope that this hurricane doesn’t discourage others.”

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