Hurricane Sandy Impacting Battleground States

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Hurricane Sandy is already starting to have an impact on the presidential election, in more ways than one.

The Category 1 storm is hitting the battleground states of Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Ohio.

Consequently, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have cancelled some events in several of the key states.

Observers say the coming super storm could disrupt voting all the way up to Election Day.

But both men are going ahead with other stops on the campaign trail.

The president asked Americans to pull together and help one another, checking on neighbors, friends and the elderly.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan asked Americans to pray for those in Sandy's path.

Some early voting has already been affected, with many polling stations closing until the storm passes.

That early voting has been particularly important for Obama.

Bad weather can suppress voter turnout, and forecasters speculate the storm could knock out electricity through Election Day in some areas.

That would particularly be a problem for sites with electronic polling machines. It could also distract voters who would be forced to deal with personal issues with their homes or families.

Hurricane Sandy could also alter the tone of the race. CBN News Political Editor John Waage said it could force the candidates to change their message.

If Sandy puts a halt to negative campaign ads, that would be welcome news to many Americans. Waage offers more insight on Sandy's possible impact. Click play below to watch John's comments.

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