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Congress sets the date for the presidential election and could change it, but that’s unlikely. Congress would have to come back from recess and pass a law. Plus, it would wreak havoc on state and local elections scheduled for the same day.

It’s more likely that states will extend voting hours or relocate polling places that are damaged or without power.

Elections have been postponed in the past, but not at the presidential level. New York City rescheduled mayoral primaries scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. And New Orleans pushed back municipal elections after Hurricane Katrina.

New York

Lawmaker’s home burns during storm’s onslaught

The home of New York congressman Robert L. Turner was one of about 80 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens that burned down during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.

The Republican lawmaker said in a statement that, along with many other Breezy Point residents, he had lost his home. He expressed gratitude that he and his family were safe after the destructive storm.

The cause of the blaze was still under investigation.

Mr. Turner won his seat in the Queens and Brooklyn area in a special election after Democrat Andrew D. Weiner was forced to resign because of a tweeting scandal. His district is about to be eliminated because of redistricting and he ran unsuccessfully to be the Republican candidate for the Senate in the race against Democratic Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

CAMPAIGN

GOP lawmakers unleash ads on Democratic candidate

Imagine a stampeding herd of angry elephants, and you get an idea of what Democrat Richard Carmona is facing now that he’s offended Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain.

The two Republican incumbents unleashed a television ad Tuesday accusing Mr. Carmona of dishonesty after he implied in a recent ad that they had endorsed him in the hard-fought Arizona Senate race.

“Richard Carmona’s latest ad is the most shameful of all, implying Jon and I support him. We don’t,” says Mr. McCain in the 30-second television spot, which shows him standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Mr. Kyl.

Says Mr. Kyl: “We helped Carmona 10 years ago, but found he’s not the kind of man to represent you in the U.S. Senate. We support Jeff Flake. He’s a proven reformer, and he’s honest.”

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