I have to imagine all this is going to suppress voter turnout - of all voters. It is probably going to be just too hard for some to get to the polls.
Early voting so far favors the GOP, therefore any reduction in turnout for the election will hurt the Dems the most.
The GOP members are highly motivated while the Dem voters are seeing the ‘writing on the wall’ and are less motivated. That's another plus for the GOP.
Perhaps Romney will have enough electoral votes to give him the election without those eastern states votes.