NEW YORK – Comic Stephen Colbert is starting to show up in the presidential polls.
Not high in the polls, but Colbert, who announced last week that he is running for president, is the choice of two percent of the Democrats nationally, according to reports.
And that — we kid you not — is good enough for fifth place in the Democratic primaries right now.
The late-night political humorist ranks behind Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards — but ahead of Gov. Bill Richardson, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Sen. Mike Gravel.
He is in a statistical dead heat with Sen. Joe Biden — 2.7 percent for Biden versus 2.3 percent for Colbert, a virtual tie in a poll with a five percent margin of error.
Among Republicans, however, he is dead last — behind not only the front runners like Rudy Giuliani and former Gov. Mitt Romney, but also marginal candidates like Reps. Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul.