For what it's worth, I find it very unlikely that Richardson and Biden are sending their support to Obama, even though that's the rumor at the moment. Supposedly, conventional wisdom is also congealing around the most likely final result of:
I'll certainly take it, though I would certainly be surprised at a 3rd place finish for Clinton.
UPDATE: I'll be damned, it turned out exactly that way. Expect a drop-off in support for Clinton going into NH. Dunno how much (if any, of course), but if Obama can turn out the independents over John McCain and Ron Paul (it's an open primary), she's in trouble. Strong second is all he really needs there; first place means the other states and candidates will start lining up for the anointed. Needless to say, also expect a surge in Obama's SC numbers.
Also expect an uptick for Huckabee in NH, but not remotely significant enough to put him in the race. Romney got 2nd, which is bad, but McCain did pretty shitty. Then again, if the press spins it as a victory for McCain (they do love them some McMaverick), Romney could also be in deep doodoo. McCain appears to have overtaken him in NH, and I know there's no rule against it, but history bears out this little factoid: no GOP candidate has EVER won the nomination without taking at least one of Iowa/New Hampshire. Last time I checked the SC poll numbers, it was Huck/Romney/Thompson with McCain rising fast, and if that continues, there's plenty of time for McCain to take 2nd in SC. Expect Thompson to close up shop after SC, especially if McCain performs well.
Also, Dodd and Biden pack it in tonight. But the real question is, what the hell is Duncan Hunter hanging around for?