The exit polls said 1 out of 6 voters considered Hurricane Sandy the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE they considered as they voted, and many of those compared Bush's "slow" response to Obama's "fast" one. Thus the National polls switched from R53-O46 10 days before the election to R49-O49 in a matter of days and from R up 1-3 in the battleground states to O up 1-2 in the battlegrounds in the same time frame. Never mind that FEMA was totally FUBAR under both Bush and Obama (remember Wal-Mart did far better in New Orleans than FEMA.) There's your answer folks. O blew it with his debate, but nature handed it back.