Race to the White House continues as candidates hurdle toward finish

With Election Day quickly approaching, Democratic candidate President Barack Obama and Republican candidate former Gov. Mitt Romney are nearing the end of their respective campaign trails.

According to Fox News, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Obama placed scheduled campaign travel on hold to visit victims of the devastation in New Jersey.

On Wednesday Oct. 31, Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie toured the wreckage left behind by the hurricane.

In an interview with USA Today, Christie said “It’s really important to have the President of the United States here.” Christie also said that he applauded Obama’s “concern and compassion” for the residents of New Jersey.

“The country comes to help because you never know when someone is going to get hit by a disaster,” Obama said.

Obama resumed campaign travel on Thursday Nov. 1 with stops in the battleground states of Nevada, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Romney has been campaigning in Florida, an integral swing state, and according to The Detroit News, he scheduled stops with former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio during his time in Florida. He has also visited the state’s most populous areas, including Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami.

In response to the hurricane destruction, Romney said at a Tampa rally, “We come together at times like this, and we want to make sure [those affected] have a speedy and quick recovery from their financial and, in many cases, personal loss.”

“Now people coming together is also what’s also going to happen, I believe, on Nov. 7,” Romney said, referencing the day after the election.

Romney moved on to the next leg of his tour on Thursday Nov. 1, making a stop in Virginia before moving onto Ohio and New Hampshire.

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan are also touring in support of their respective campaigns in the final days of the race.

According to the Los Angeles Times, while Obama was in New Jersey, Biden was leading the crusade to secure the Democratic vote in Florida, visiting the typically Republican-leaning areas of Sarasota and Ocala. Ryan spent the week campaigning in his home state of Wisconsin, which is traditionally Democratic-leaning.

The candidates are focusing on the swing states of Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire as the election comes to a close.

According to the swing-state poll on Politico.com, Romney is currently leading in projected-swing-state electoral votes 66 to 44 with support from Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Florida. Obama appears to have secured the support of New Hampshire, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nevada.