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October 31, 2008

Clear skies abound for Election Day

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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S. Callahan   October 31st, 2008 6:07 pm ET

As i cast my vote..I'm going to remind myself that we are our brothers keepers and cast accordingly...come rain, snow, or wind...nothing will stop my vote , or family members votes, from being cast. I'm going to sit in joy if my chosen candidate wins and then leap in excitement as NASA gets greater funding; and we see the beginnings of a real effort in building an enviromentally sound,energy independent, America , along with the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and buisnesses that will be created as well. And if this great weather keeps up..i may even sit on the porch and toast one to my Creator..telling him what a great world we live in ! 🙂

ps..hubble prayer answered and absolutely beautiful pics as a result!

Franko   October 31st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

S. Callahan
"along with the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs "

Please see this accurately.
People want ($$$) to provide for basic needs,
No Capitalist wants a job - he wants control, more and more

Productivity has risen. Wages have not. Hence the Greenspan Fraud.
Economy fueled by debth. Tighter and tighter are the shackles on the job slaves

jerry a. Myers   November 1st, 2008 3:38 am ET

IT is very sad that election 2008 has tainted by banned issues.
IT would take literally at gun point for mass media to expose the
technological weakness in Federal science, mathematics and atomic equations.THE far deeper advancement in mathematical
numeral levels is the new suspremacy in technology the United
States is far behind in.HOW could this be an non issue to both
candidates.WHY is CNN apart of banning this topic in campaign

Franko   November 1st, 2008 7:50 pm ET

Optimized slavery, by debth, to the capital and resource controllers;
Or, do we have a share, part of the control ?
Would people in far away lands, vote to bomb themselves ?
Who Wins? Ralph Nader Explains the Debate

fireW   November 17th, 2008 10:18 pm ET

Once again journalistic laziness will fuel the common ignorance about the contribution of NASA to society in general as well as the economy. The writer typically fails to mention the 700% return to the economy from space program expenditures (spin-off technology given to the public & private sector, etc.). What person wouldn't go to Wall St. or Las Vegas given a 7x guaranteed return on their money. But, as usual, many taxpayers who foot the bill aren't aware of this simple fact, and so-called journalists writing about it can't manage to get the facts right.
Settle down, fireW, I'm just asking the question...... Seriously, I appreciate your and everyone else's responses - this is a great string with a lot of thoughtful responses. PD

Result? Knee-jerk rhetoric about the big, bad, government as if it's all the same . . .

Drescuect   April 17th, 2009 11:52 am ET

nice, really nice!

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