Obama returns to campaign trail on Sandy's heels

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Video: Obama Vows to Stand With Superstorm Sandy Victims

President Barack Obama at FEMA HQ in Washington on Oct. 30, 2012 (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- It's a new President Obama -- bolstered by positive reviews of his response to Hurricane Sandy -- who returns to the campaign trail on Thursday.

Having suspended campaigning on Monday as the storm approached the east coast, Obama holds rallies today in Green Bay, Wisc.; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Denver, Colo.

As Obama heads west, nearly eight in 10 likely voters give him "excellent" or "good" marks in dealing with fallout from the storm, according to a Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll.

The president even got praised by one of his prominent Republican foes, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Whether any of this translates into votes is anyone's guess. Indeed, Gallup and other pollsters suspended their surveys because of a lack of power in such a wide swath of the country.

Still, in a close election, anything could make a difference. And it's hard to see how the storm reaction hurts Obama.

Obama aides have declined to comment on the political impact of the storm. They are confident of victory after the votes are counted on Election Day on Tuesday.

"We are in a very strong position to win this election, and we're going to win this election on Tuesday," said Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.

Romney aides also remain confident, storm or no storm.

"President Obama's misguided policies and broken promises have let down millions of Americans, and we're seeing the effects of that in states across the country with more support and enthusiasm for Governor Romney every day we get closer to November 6th," said Romney political director Rich Beeson.

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