RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
All along the Gulf Coast, the political climate is tightly connected to the coastal climate. Hurricane Katrina, of course, was a huge political event in Louisiana, and now the state of Florida is preparing for Tropical Storm Faye. It could become a hurricane. It's arriving in a state that may play a big role in this fall's election. And the storm forced both Barack Obama and John McCain to cancel appearances there.
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