October 31, 2008
Posted: 02:03 PM ET
Whomever you support, there's some good news for Election Day: With very little rainfall forecast across the U.S., it'll be harder for the candidates to make more last-minute mud to throw at each other.
Forecasts from CNN and the National Weather Service call for sunny skies and mild November temperatures for most of the US. But there are a few areas where a chance of bad weather could impact key election states:
The Southeast Atlantic Coast could see some rain on Tuesday, potentially putting a slight dent in turnout in three hotly-contested states for McCain and Obama: Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia. The latter two also have tight US Senate races.
Rain in the Pacific Northwest might be a factor in the re-match between Democratic incumbent Christine Gregoire and challenger Dino Rossi. The two faced off in 2004, and after a flurry of lawsuits and recounts, Gregoire won by only 129 votes. This year's race is also expected to be tight.
One more region that's trending wet for Election Day is the Upper Midwest, where portions of Minnesota could see some chilly rain as voters choose between Republican incumbent Senator Norm Coleman and his challenger, the former Saturday Night Live writer/performer Al Franken.
But for most of you, the good weather is one less excuse not to vote - unless you've already done so. The runaway popularity of early voting in many states may also mean that the weather, whether fair or foul, will impact elections less than in the past.
Peter Dykstra Executive Producer, CNN Science, Tech & Weather
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