Candidates forced to scrap plans
Hurricane Sandy is threatening to throw the final week of the US presidential election campaign into chaos, as the storm interrupted schedules and risked damaging Democrat hopes of winning the battle to woo early voters.
Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama cancelled rallies over the weekend in Virginia in order not to divert police and emergency services from making preparations for the storm.
Mr Romney had been due to speak at three events in Virginia, a key swing state, but instead diverted west to join his running mate Paul Ryan in Ohio -- the state that could decide the outcome of the election on November 6.
Mr Obama, meanwhile, also scrapped his plans and returned to Washington to oversee the disaster response.
Strategists suggested that the Democrat campaign stood to be worst affected by the hurricane since it could reduce the Democrat advantage with early voters in swing states. (© Daily Telegraph, London)