Encouraging news for Hillary? She’s up by at least 12 points in the latest poll I’ve seen, so she has to be happy with these registration numbers. Still, there’s plenty of time between now and the April 22.

From AP:

The figures, which showed modest declines in the ranks of Republicans and independents, reflected intense interest in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and recruitment efforts by both candidates, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois.

Since last year’s election, which featured races for judicial and municipal offices, the number of Democrats increased by more than 161,000, or more than 4 percent, to at least 4,044,952. No political party in the state had previously reached the 4 million threshold.

And more bad news for the GOP…

Registration in the GOP declined by about 1 percent, to 3,215,478 statewide.

That’s a difference of more than 800,000. McCain might be able to pull in crossover voters, but nearly 800,000? That’s a tall order.

Of course the number is going to be less than that because not everybody who registers to votes actually does so, but I can’t imagine Republicans being more energized than the Democrats this Fall. Well, actually I can…if the Dems continue to destroy themselves with this drawn out contest and push their numbers down and McCain’s up.

Politics 4 Million Dems Registered In Pennsylvania