POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 8:44am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Hurricane Sandy is already affecting the presidential campaign.
Rallies in the storm's path have been canceled and President Obama is heading back to Washington to coordinate the federal response.
Governor Mitt Romney canceled Sunday rallies in Virginia and North Carolina.
Instead, he joins Paul Ryan's bus tour in Ohio.
On Sunday President Obama met with The Federal Emergency Management Agency, overseeing the federal government's plans to help states and cities.
"Anything they need, we will be there. And we're going to cut through the red tape. We're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules," Mr. Obama said.
In Florida the president told campaign workers that turnout is the key to winning the state.
"Whoever is able to get their voters out, they're the ones who are going to win Florida," he reminded them.
That could be tough in states where Sandy's headed.
Maryland has already canceled early voting today and Virginia, a battleground state, could see power outages lasting until Election Day.
Virginia is already planning to extend its hours for absentee voting.
That could be critical - early voters could make up 40 percent of this election and so far, they skew in favor of President Obama.