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Barbour: Hurricane, 'news blackout' broke Romney's momentum

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Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Hurricane Sandy and the resulting weeklong “news blackout” broke the momentum of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Mr. Barbour, speaking Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said the impact of the hurricane on the coverage of the presidential campaign was “good for President Obama. Now whether it will be good enough remains to be seen.”

“The hurricane is what broke Mitt Romney’s momentum. If this election had been held last Friday, Romney would have won,” Mr. Barbour said. “No matter what Obama did, he couldn’t stop Romney’s momentum. I’m not blaming the news media; all the news coverage was about everything but Obama’s policies and the results of those policies.”

Mr. Barbour was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997.

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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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