On a day when President Obama planned to be on the campaign trail, he was on the road headed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deal with Hurricane Sandy. With Election Day just nine days away, not even he can say how this mega-storm's aftermath may affect voters.
"We don't anticipate that at this point," President Obama says, "But we're obviously going to take a look at it."
Sandy's potential impact on this tight presidential race leaves a question mark for both campaigns. The approaching storm forced the president and governor Mitt Romney to cancel planned events in Virginia.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says power outages will not shut down polling stations.
"It's now a priority," McDonnell says. "It's moved up to the same level as hospitals and police stations to have power restored."
"For now, Governor Romney was forced to shift his efforts to Ohio, which is also bracing for the storm.
"I want to remind you that you can vote now, early voting has begun," Romey told a crowd in Celina, Ohio.
Hurricane Sandy has been shifting the battle plans for both campaigns as the 2012 presidential campaign heads into its final full week.
Back at home, the Kern County Elections office says the number of people voting early in this November's election is up compared to 2008. About 174,000 ballots were sent to voters, and the office has received 59,098 ballots so far.
The elections office reports 48 percent of those ballots are from Republican voters, 35 percent are from Democratic voters, 14 percent are from minor party voters and 3 percent of are from voters who declined to state a party.
If you still need to vote, you can mail in your ballot, drop it off at the elections office or cast your ballot at your local polling place on Election Day, November 6.