Quite the storm: Hurricane Sandy reshapes Presidential race

President Obama speaks during a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday. Photo: ITV News

Millions still have no electricity and are living in the cold and the dark. Hundreds of thousands have yet to return home. Nearly one hundred people are dead.

But the focus has now switched from the aftermath of the storm that ravaged New Jersey to the campaign trail.

We've only a few days left until election day.

The two candidates, diverted by the storm, are now in a manic sprint to the finish line. And they have different strategies.

Obama is trying to keep intact his Midwestern firewall, doing everything he can to stay ahead in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. Winning those three states is his easiest route to a second term.

Romney's team struggled to cope with the amount of election air time lost during Sandy. Credit: Jim Young/Reuters

Romney is concentrating on winning Florida and Virginia and hoping that he has some undetected momentum to secure Colorado and Ohio.

Hurricane Sandy came just in time for the President. At a stroke it halted Romney's roll. Without the oxygen of network airtime, the Romney team struggled to breathe.

The President could project himself as comforter-in-chief and as a leader above the squalor of the campaign with its attacks ads and endless begging for political donations.

Obama was greatly helped by the Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. A key surrogate for Romney, a week ago Christie was fiercely critical of the President. He compared Obama to a man in a dark room seeking the light switch of leadership.

But this week Christie has been lavishing praise on the President.

This hurricane has shattered coastal communities. It has reshaped the Presidential race. It has infuriated Republicans. It has seen the oddest love affair in American politics.

Yes, Sandy was quite a storm.