But isn’t the most obvious way Sandy hurts Obama this: by simply lowering turnout on Tuesday. I don’t mean turnout in the affected areas. I mean turnout nationwide. We count on a crescendo of hype to drive voter participation on Election Day. But it’s the weekend before the vote and the presidential race isn’t even the lead story on the news (or main topic on SNL). Americans have lots of distractions. Sandy’s a big new one.