Updated Numbers: Clinton Has 4 Point Lead

| Tue Jan. 8, 2008 9:49 PM EST

The TV pundits, staring at Barack Obama's double digit lead in the polls, spent all day burying Hillary Clinton. Chris Matthews basically asked every guest he had if it was time for Clinton to drop out. And now, they're backtracking their fake-tanned butts off. With roughly a fifth of the vote in:

DEMOCRATS
Hillary Rodham Clinton 39.7%
Barack Obama 35.7%
John Edwards 16.8%
Bill Richardson 4.5%
Dennis J. Kucinich 1.7%

REPUBLICANS
John McCain 37.3%
Mitt Romney 27.9%
Mike Huckabee 12.2%
Rudolph W. Giuliani 9.2%
Ron Paul 8.6%
Others 2.8%
Fred D. Thompson 1.4%
Duncan Hunter 0.6%

We don't know what the final results will be, and either Obama or Clinton could win, but either way... we should probably get ready for "comeback kid" to become the word of the young year.

Did the Clinton folks see this coming? Was it a massive, well-orchestrated head fake? That's wild speculation, I know. But, man, that would be impressive, wouldn't it?

Update: With 42 percent reporting, Clinton 38.9% vs. Obama 36.6% vs. Edwards 16.6%.

Update: Dartmouth is in Grafton County. It has not reported. UNH is in Strafford County. It has also not reported. I'm scrambling to research more now.

Last update: Obama, the Dems' second place finisher, topped McCain, the GOP's winner, by a substantial margin. Yet another sign of the Democrats' future returns.

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