Hurricane Sandy forces Romney to cancel Va. campaign swing

A satellite image of Sandy is shown at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. AP Photo/Alan Diaz

Mitt Romney will not be campaigning in Virginia on Sunday after all - an unwelcome gift from Hurricane Sandy, on track to hit land that day in the state where polls show the GOP nominee neck-and-neck with President Obama.

After initially cancelling only his Sunday night rally in Virginia Beach, Romney's campaign Saturday confirmed that earlier events in Haymarket, Va., and Richmond would not be happening due to the storm. He will instead join running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in events across Ohio, another critical battleground state.

The pair will appear together at rallies in Celina, Findlay, and Marion, Ohio. Romney will pick up his schedule as planned Monday in Dayton, Ohio.

Romney's isn't the only campaign schedule feeling the wrath of Sandy.

On Friday, the Obama campaign announced that Vice President Joe Biden would not campaign Saturday in Virginia Beach as planned. Later, following the news that the University of New Hampshire would close for the storm, first lady Michelle Obama cancelled her Tuesday visit to the Durham, N.H., campus.

Meanwhile, one of Romney's supporters, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., returned to New Jersey Friday, cutting short a campaign trip to North Carolina on behalf of the GOP nominee. He's also cancelled a Romney campaign event in Nevada scheduled for Tuesday in order to deal with the impending storm.

"I'm gonna be here for as long as I need to be here to get the job done," Christie said at a news conference today.

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