Political yard signs in Bismarck, N.D.(Photo: Dale Wetzel, AP)
Hurricane Sandy threatens to turn hundreds of thousands of campaign
yard signs into political projectiles, and some candidates are urging
supporters to bring them inside.
"Don't forget that yard signs are
made of metal frames that can blow around in strong winds, causing
dangerous conditions and damage to homes and property," Virginia
Republican Senate candidate George Allen said in an e-mail to
supporters. "So for safety, bring them inside."
Democrat Tim Kaine, told his supporters that "the last thing we want is
for yard signs to become projectiles." He asked supporters to bring them
in out of the storm, "not only for your safety, but also for the safety
of your neighbors."
Sandy is swarming over key electoral states
on the East Coast, where yard signs rival tree populations in some
neighborhoods. The storm's sustained winds have prompted public safety
officials along the coast to urge citizens to bring inside deck chairs
and any other objects that might fly in the wind.
and Senate races in Virginia are very close, according to polls, and
the huge number of yard signs reflects that. Even states that don''t
have close federal races have impassioned local contests or ballot
initiatives that have prompted a heavy population of political signs
across their landscapes.
Besides urging sign control, campaigns
also are suspending activity except for political advertising on TV.
President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have curtailed
campaigning until midweek. In Virginia, Allen called off campaigning on
Monday and Kaine did so at least through Tuesday.
Allen urged his
supporters to take care of pets and to consider donating to or
volunteering for the Red Cross. He and Kaine sent supporters e-mails
containing basic storm-preparedness instructions.