Ohio, The Weather Outside Is Frightful

A quick glance at this afternoon's Doppler radar map of Ohio shows a rainbow of snow, ice and rain across most of the state. So, what does that mean for the primary? Who knows.

As CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield pointed out on The Early Show this morning, it can be a futile endeavor to guess who (if anyone) might benefit at the polls when Mother Nature has a bad day.

Whether or not any race has been affected, the 2008 campaign has seen its fair share of strange weather conditions on election days.

New Hampshire voters who typically bundle up in layers on primary days were greeted by temperatures topping 60 degrees this time around.

And when it was South Carolina's turn later in January, the kind of wintry conditions that New Hampshire voters are more used to prevailed.

But the weather is one of those variables that candidates know they simply can't control. Whatever happens in Ohio today, don't expect the loser—or for that matter, the winner—to complain about the conditions.

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    Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics and a contributor for CBS News.