Will Hurricane Sandy's impact be felt in the November elections? Research shows that incumbent parties tend to not do well in states that face extreme weather. A 2004 Vanderbilt study revealed that Al Gore lost a whopping 2.8 million votes in states that received excessive rain (or drought). So yes, Hurricane Sandy could affect President Obama's chances at the polls. But while Obama can't control the weather, he can control how deftly he responds to it which, in turn, could sway voters in his favor.