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Super-storm Sandy's effects on the US election

31 October 2012 Last updated at 01:46 GMT

Sandy the super-storm has blown the US presidential race off track with just a week to go until the elections.

Matthew Dowd, an ABC News analyst and former Bush campaign advisor, tells the BBC's Katty Kay that President Obama might benefit from "being the president and not a candidate", especially when Republican governor Chris Christie is praising his efforts, but the effect on voting will not be known until much later this week.

"It puts both campaigns in an awkward position because they can't campaign, but they know they have an election come seven days from now," Mr Dowd said.