The candidates are back on the trail

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Days after Hurricane Sandy left massive damage throughout the East Coast, both candidates are back on the campaign trail with five days until Election Day.

President Obama and Mitt Romney are back on the road trying to fight for those swing states that could decide this election. The president is making the state rounds by going to Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado Thursday, while Romney focuses all of his attention on Virginia. According to the latest Real Clear Politics poll, the race is neck and neck with both candidates tied at 47.4%.

As we near November 6, one thing is becoming more and more clear. This is not a race anyone will be able to predict in advance and we will all be tuning in to find out who our next president will be.

Communities hit by the hurricane are beginning to take steps to clean up in the aftermath.

In New York City, where there are still thousands without power, ConEd is working around the clock to re-store power to those who are without. There is also partial subway service helping some to get around the city. Most of the bridges and the Lincoln Tunnel are open. Mayor Bloomberg yesterday initiated a directive where you need three people in a car to cross over to Manhattan to relieve some of the traffic congestion, a decision many believe caused more delays then progress. New Jersey is also working around the clock to clean the debris and restore the down power lines, but the state will most likely remain dark for days to come.

On Wednesday, the president visited some of the devastating areas in New Jersey with Gov. Christie and he was deemed a true “commander-in-chief” by many for the way he reacted so swiftly with offering help to those in need. A New Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that the president has received high praise for how he handled Hurricane Sandy. Seventy-eight percent of those polled said the president has done  a “good” or “excellent” job with his response to this natural disaster. Even Gov. Christie, who has been campaigning for Romney, has given the president high praise for his speedy response.

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The candidates are back on the trail

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