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Can't blame weather for voter turnout this time

By Tom Precious

Here is this hour's surface weather map from the National Weather Service. It shows weather should not be a factor in most states as far as turnout goes. Only major exception among battleground states, as of early afternoon, is Wisconsin, where President Obama has had a narrow edge over Mitt Romney in recent polls; a line of rain and snow is moving across some parts of the state there.

As for New York, weather could play a major role in some contests. Not today's forecast, but the aftermath from last week's Hurricane Sandy. Most closely watching the effects of ongoing power outages, shuttered polling places and victims with other things on their minds besides voting include several state Senate races on Long Island, Queens and Westchester County.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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