A Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama with a ten point lead over McCain.

Overall, the poll found 52% of voters favor Sen. Obama versus 42% for Sen. McCain.

This and other polls, such as Pew, which shows a 52-38 margin, are indication that Obama is poised to blow out McCain. It is possible that we could have a landslide of 30 plus electoral points on our hands. The data tells an interesting story in the WSJ poll that seems to be reflected elsewhere.

It’s the largest lead in the Journal/NBC poll thus far, and represents a steady climb for Sen. Obama since early September, when the political conventions concluded with the candidates in a statistical tie.

“Voters have reached a comfort level with Barack Obama,” said Peter D. Hart, a Democratic pollster who conducts the poll with Republican Neil Newhouse.

That comfort is reflected in the ground gained by Sen. Obama among some important voter groups in the weeks since the financial turmoil hit. The poll finds Sen. Obama now holds a 12-percentage-point advantage with independents, a group both sides have fiercely sought. Two weeks ago, Sen. Obama led this group by just four percentage points. In mid-September, independents favored Sen. McCain by 13 points.

Sen. Obama leads suburban voters by 12 percentage points, up from two points two weeks ago. He leads among older voters, those over 65 years old, by nine points, erasing a one-point McCain advantage from the last poll. And in the Midwest, home to a swath of battleground states, he is now favored by 25 points, up from a one-point advantage.

Reassuring to Obama supporters and cause for desperation among republicans, perhaps. We’ve seen what desperate republicans will do, Florida and/or Ohio come to mind. None the less it’s distressing to see this from TheHill.com:

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

Further from TheHill:

Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors.

Democratic strategists and advocates for black voters say they understand officers wanting to keep the peace, but caution that excessive police presence could intimidate voters.

There is something seriously wrong here that police should be preparing for the riots following an election. Do they know something we don’t?

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