WUFT News

Professor Susan MacManus discusses how Hurricane Sandy will affect election, voting

By on October 30th, 2012

Both President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney put their campaign travel on hold in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

According to the Associated Press, Obama plans to resume his campaign Thursday with stops in Nevada, Colorado and Wisconsin. Romney has planned to continue his campaign in Florida, alongside Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Jeb Bush.

In the campaign delays, both candidates have been using surrogates to represent them in their absence, said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor.

“There are some pretty powerful surrogates out there,” she said. “If you’re a Democrat, there’s absolutely nothing less than Bill Clinton, a former president. And if you’re a Republican, there are people like Marco Rubio and governors and others that are coming to some of these states. And both of the vice presidential candidates are on the campaign trail.”

MacManus suspects that the weekend will give both candidates enough time to hit the areas they need to before the election. In terms of how the hiatus will affect the campaigns, she said Americans will be understanding.

“Certainly Americans know that we’re in the final days of an election,” she said. “But they also respect that the candidates did pull back initially as the storm worked its way through in a very catastrophic manner, unfortunately.”

MacManus said about two or three percent of voters are still undecided, depending on the state, and because of the nature of American politics, it is difficult to tell how everything will turn out.

“But certainly a gaffe or some kind of international or domestic incident could really pull those undecideds across the finish line,” she said.

Another issue the storm has created is voting access and locations. Many of the states that have been hit the hardest by the storm, MacManus said, do not have the early voting in the amounts that we see in Florida.

She said there is also the option, though unlikely, of changes or delays to election day.

“We have, of course, in Florida, seen governors extend the actual voting hours when we’ve had some weather issues, but I don’t know that we’ve had an election totally cancelled,” she said. “I think that would be a very, very difficult call. And I’m not sure who would actually do it.”

Kelsey Meany wrote this story for online.


This entry was posted in Environment, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Environment

VIDEO: Horse Protection Association Of Florida

Because of flooding on 150 acres of Micanopy land, the Horse Protection Association of Florida is in need of dry land for its rescues. A suitable area was found for 23 of the horses, but HPAF’s Morgan Silver worries about organizing the funds to continue paying rent.


Horse

Small-Scale Horse Operations Guide to Protect Florida Water

The Florida Department of Education released a manual for small-scale horse operation best management practices in order to help preserve the state’s water resources.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

State Targets Growing Feral Swine Problem

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new $20 million program, designed to stop the growth of feral swine, began this month. Florida received $400,000 on Monday.


Officials Ensure Energy Prices Will Not Rise With New Coal Ban

Locals are reacting to the possibility of a utility rate increase that would accompany Gainesville’s possible switch away from mountaintop coal removal.


Swallowtail_one

Food Safety Guidelines Could Alter Sustainable Farm

A new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by the FDA may pose a challenge to farmers who are using an alternative fertilizer.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments