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Obama, Romney back on campaign trail

In aftermath of superstorm Sandy and with only one week before elections presidential candidates resume campaigning. Obama's handle on disaster may give him a lead; Romney to focus on Florida

As the winds subside, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will return to active campaigning. President Barack Obama visited storm-beaten New Jersey Wednesday, meeting with Governor Chris Christie (R), and the Romney campaign decided to hold three election events, starting Wednesday, in three stops in Florida – Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville.


A recent New York Times and CBS poll, conducted before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, indicated that Obama was leading by 1% (47%-48%), but more importantly that he was ahead by 5% in Ohio (45%-50%), as 52% of Ohio voters believe the economy has been improving.


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The Romney campaign argued that the polls in favor of the president are unreliable, as different polls indicate that the Republican nominee is ahead.


Obama's political adviser David Axelrod said that the president will resume his campaign trail on Thursday, after canceling campaign events due to the storm. Axelrod expressed optimism in regards to Obama winning Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania, saying "I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states," in an interview on MSNBC Wednesday morning.


In many ways, Obama's handling of the aftermath of the Sandy crisis may serve as his best campaign. In his response to the disasters following the storm, the president avoided politics and rather focused on the disaster.


Governor Christie, who is known as a critic of Obama, spoke at NBC Today, saying "The federal government response has been great. The president has been outstanding in this."



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