>> On the day of the midterm elections in Florida, the state's panhandle region is still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. And for some residents here, voting has taken a backseat.>> It's the furthest thing from my mind right now. I got a house without a roof.
at's more important.>> Are you kidding?>> Why?>> Even some loyal Republicans, who voted for President Trump.>> Trump all the way.
Yep, Trump all the way.>> Say they just have too many other things to worry about.>> No, there's no time for anything like that, and in fact, I drove by where I would normally vote and it was at a church, and it's all tore up.
So I'm sure there's other places, but I have to take care of, are the tarps on the houses, and meeting adjusters, and trying to find an electrician.>> We got people all up, I mean, as far as Fountain that aren't even able to get out of their homes and come into town to much less get groceries, much less to vote.
Both candidates in the state's tight governor's race visited the area this week.>> This is an extremely resilient community.>> Voting was top of mind for them.>> People are voting.>> Says Reuters correspondent Terray Sylvester.>> This is undeniably an important area for the gubernatorial and Senate races here in Florida.
When I pulled in the town, Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott were both holding a rally in downtown Lynn Haven. It was sort of an island of normalcy within a city that still seems like it's still very obviously an area that's been devastated by the storm. Voters I've talked to at polling places and at rallies are energized and they know where to vote.
They've been paying attention to the news, but that seems to be just a portion of the electorate here. Many more people are distracted. They have other things on their minds. They've lost their roofs on their houses, they have relatives who are staying with them, and voting is just the last thing on their minds right now.
>> Water's pouring out of the ceiling fan.>> Republican Denise Bass, who attended the Sunday night rally says she and her husband, George, made sure to mail their ballots in early.>> We're worried, because a lot of people have already been displaced and had to move out of town.
Maybe they didn't know that they could come back and vote or even vote wherever they're at, I don't know. So there is concern that a lot of people will not be able to get their votes in.