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US Election Updates - October 28, 2012

Obama cancels stops in Virginia, Colorado due to storm

President Barack Obama has been forced to cancel campaign stops in Virginia and Colorado early next week due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

He will instead monitor the storm from the White House, his spokesman said on Saturday.

Obama was supposed to have campaigned with former President Bill Clinton in Virginia on Monday as part of a three-state tour through the battleground states, including Ohio and Florida.

The Virginia stop was canceled along with a trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

He added: "the President will return to the White House to continue to monitor Hurricane Sandy, which is currently forecasted to make landfall along the Eastern seaboard late that day. The president is being regularly updated on the storm and ongoing preparations, and he has directed his team to continue to bring all available resources to bear as state and local partners continue to prepare for the storm.”

The cancelation comes just over a week before the November 6 election in which Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney.

The change is schedule shift has taken off stops at a time when the race is neck and neck.

However, it also protects the Democratic incumbent from appearing to have made politics a priority during a potentially damaging natural disaster.