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While the long term implications might be relief, in the short term it would be wise to be prepared for the chance that this trend continues:

McCain has cut into Obama’s lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point deficit to a 9-point lead among Catholics.

…An analysis of Final Certified Results for the 2004 election showed IBD’s polling partner, TIPP, was the most accurate pollster of the campaign season…

If McCain pulls this off, I wouldn’t want to get caught near a ghetto or college campus anytime soon thereafter:

Sen. Obama (Ill.), the Democratic nominee for president, has seen his lead over rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) grow in recent weeks, prompting speculation that there could be a violent backlash if he loses unexpectedly.

Cities that have suffered unrest before, such as Detroit, Chicago, Oakland and Philadelphia, will have extra police deployed.

In Oakland, the police will deploy extra units trained in riot control, as well as extra traffic police, and even put SWAT teams on standby.

One telling remark by Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau:

“What are local election officials doing to prepare for what people think will be record turnout at the polls?” said Shelton, who added that during the 2004 election in Ohio voters in predominantly black communities had to wait in line six to eight hours to vote.

“On Election Day, if this continues, you may have some tempers flare; we should be prepared to deal with that but do it without intimidation,” said Shelton, who added that police have to be able to maintain order at polling stations without scaring voters, especially immigrants from “police states.”

Excuse me, but since immigrants couldn’t possibly be qualified to vote until they have lived here for at least five years and learned our civics lessons, shouldn’t they be over being intimidated by the sight of an American policeman by then?

Of course, I know better.  I have personal acquaintances who are recent legal immigrants, with legal green card (non-citizen) residency status, who received their sample ballots and polling place assignments in the mail after getting their driver’s license, through no conscious or deliberate act of their own.  It is called “Motor Voter.” ◄Dave►

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