CHARLESTON, W.Va. - After taking a snow day, or two or three in some areas, political candidates are making their way back onto the campaign trail, party officials said.
Candidates were getting back into the groove after a heavy snowstorm swept through the Mountain State Monday and Tuesday, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, said Conrad Lucas, chairman of the state Republican Party.
The snowstorm, caused by superstorm Sandy, also has been linked to at least five deaths in this state.
Among them was House of Delegates candidate John Rose, a Republican from Barbour County. Lucas said Rose's death "put a somber tone" on the election for the other candidates.
But the candidates trudge on, he said. Lucas said he had not spoken to candidates in hard-hit areas such as Beckley or Pocahontas County, but those in Kanawha County and elsewhere were starting to make the final push toward Election Day.
The same could be said for Democrats, said state Democratic Chairman Larry Puccio.
"I've understood many of our candidates are out working in parts of the state doing what Democrats do best, touching every hand and earning every vote," Puccio said.
He said some candidates in lesser-affected areas were able to keep campaigning.
The storm came at an awkward time for candidates as Election Day is Tuesday, said Lucas.
He wondered if the storm, especially in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, would have any effect on the presidential race.
President Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, toured storm-ravaged New Jersey Wednesday with outspoken Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who had openly criticized the president in the past.