The United States presidential election 2012 is too close to call. It was heading for a photo finish between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney after the verbal sparring in US television debates. But Hurricane Sandy blew away the forecasts just days before voting and campaigning was halted and voters concentrated on handling a national emergency.

HURRICANE Sandy blasted into the eastern seaboard of the United States and blew away pollsters’ forecasts for the outcome of the 2012 US presidential election.

A state of emergency was announced as the storm left a US$20 billion trail of damage and death in its wake and election strategies in tatters. Campaigning w...

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 Edwina Rogers
The Democrats had lost some of the electrified enthusiasm which characterised their campaign four years ago, while Republicans have been polling 25 per cent higher than they did last time with the John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket
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