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
Given the current complexion and complexity of the presidential contest, it looks as though it is increasingly possible that the successful candidate may win through the Electoral College process despite losing the popular vote, as George W. Bush did in 2000
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