Although there isn't much time left before the election, major events could rapidly change the race's dynamics. Hurricane Irene may not have changed the candidates' standing much — it caused relatively little damage and, thus, the mayor's response to it may be less crucial to the outcome than would otherwise have been the case. But a long stretch without power could put voters in a sour mood, even if delays aren't really the mayor's fault. And just before the election, Baltimore will host its inaugural Grand Prix, an event on which the mayor has staked a great deal of political capital. If it is widely viewed as a success, it could cement her standing, but if people think it was a flop — and one that tied the city in knots — it could have the opposite effect. These sorts of last-minute shifts in public opinion have been known to happen; in 1979, the city of Chicago's lackluster response to a series of January snowstorms launched a long-shot candidate, Jane Byrne, to a landslide victory in the February Democratic primary.