The swing states and the cleanup are all that matters until Election Day.
Barack Obama speaks after visiting hurricane Sandy affeected neighborhood in Brigantine, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — It’s now just a weekend and a wake-up before Election Day, and those living outside the battleground states may be forgiven for thinking that they simply do not exist. Once the Sandy moratorium expired, the candidates launched themselves into frenetic activity, caroming like so many billiard balls between Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. It is a sign of just how close this race is that Iowa’s six electoral votes are being courted as assiduously as Ohio’s 18.