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Storms affect the southern United States on mid-day elections

Storms affect the southern United States on the day of intermediate elections. Heavy storms buffeted US states on Tuesday, while millions of people came to vote.

From Louisiana to South Carolina, several electrical cables fell to the ground and trees were knocked down by storms, officials said. No one was seriously injured but some 11, 000 voters were left without electricity.

Another storm, in Tennessee, killed one person, wounded two and left thousands of people without electricity.

The National Weather Service warned of the possibility of strong winds, torrential downpours and even tornadoes in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and the entire east-central coast of the United States.

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Bad weather could affect voter participation and the outcome of elections in some battlefield states of Republicans and Democrats, recent studies have found that Republican candidates tend to have a slight advantage when it rains.

Strong to severe storms are forecast to affect Philadelphia to Atlanta, warned the Storm Prediction Center. Harmful winds and some tornadoes are possible, as well as heavy local rainfall, according to the Canal del tiempo.

Storms affect the US on mid-day elections
Residents of Pennsylvania defy the rain to vote in the midterm elections (AP)

Residents of Pennsylvania defy the rain to vote in the midterm elections (AP)

In the north-central United States there may be some wet snow, or rain that turns into snow, from North Dakota to northern Minnesota and Upper Michigan.

In general, temperatures are predicted well below normal in the north-central United States.


Decals that are placed on voters (AP)

Decals that are placed on voters (AP)

Republicans can encourage the rainy weather On Election Day: a recent study revealed that at least 1% of adults of voting age in the United States are people who would have voted for a Democrat if the weather had been good, instead decided to cast their vote for a Republican in rainy election days.

"Our study suggests that weather conditions can affect people's decisions about not only voting, but also who they vote for," said the study co-author. Yusaku Horiuchi, professor of government in Dartmouth College.

"Contrary to the widely shared belief that weather conditions do not change voters' voting decisions," the study said, "our analysis suggests that a certain proportion of US voters are likely to change their party preference depending on the climate," ensures

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Apparently, on election day, rain increases pessimism and increases risk fears: "Those who feel optimistic can lean towards the riskiest candidate, while those who feel depressed and anxious lean towards the safest candidate "Said the study.

The study appeared in December 2017 in the magazine American Politics Research.

With information from AP and Baltimore Sun




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