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Swing states ‘stormed’

world Updated: Oct 28, 2012 00:37 IST

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With an eye on the weather forecast, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are launching a 10-day sprint to the finish line in a contest increasingly about momentum versus math.

A huge storm barreling toward the East Coast — and some battleground states — had both campaigns adjusting their travel schedules and cancelling events.

Even at this critical juncture of the campaign, neither side wanted to risk the appearance of putting politics ahead of public safety.

The president was pressing on with a campaign trip Saturday to New Hampshire, while Romney was blitzing through Florida.

But an email announcing that VP Joe Biden’s Saturday rally in coastal Virginia Beach stated the change was “being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focussed on ensuring the safety of people.”

Romney cancelled a rally in Virginia Beach that was planned for Sunday, and aides said they were also considering scrapping two other events elsewhere in the state. None of Obama’s campaign stops had been cancelled, but he did adjust his travel schedule slightly.

The campaign moved up his planned Monday departure for Florida to Sunday night to beat the storm.