Update: An earlier version of this article, in the third graph, had the McClatchy-Marist poll numbers of the Clinton-Christie hypothetical matchup reversed.
(CNN) - In a possible preview of the next presidential election, two new national polls on Wednesday suggest Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today.
A Quinnipiac University survey indicates that 42% of registered voters nationwide say they would support Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, if he were the GOP nominee, with 41% saying they would back Clinton, the former Secretary of State, if she captured the Democratic nod.
According to a McClatchy-Marist poll, 48% of registered voters say they would support Clinton, with 45% backing Christie.
The new numbers are a switch from this summer, when both surveys indicated Clinton with an advantage over Christie. He grabbed national headlines last month for his landslide re-election victory.
While Clinton and Christie are deadlocked, the McClatchy-Marist survey indicates the former Senator, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate and First Lady, holding double-digit leads in hypothetical general election matchups against seven other potential Republican contenders.
They include: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas; and former Alaska Gov. and 2008 Republican running mate Sarah Palin.
The Quinnipiac poll puts Clinton 13 points ahead of Cruz, 9 points in front of Bush, and on top of Paul by 7 points.
The McClatchy-Marist poll indicates what a CNN/ORC International survey first highlighted last month, that Christie's emerged as a potential frontrunner among the possible GOP contenders.
Christie held an 11-point lead over the rest of the field in the CNN/ORC poll. In the new survey, He is at 18% in the race for the Republican nomination, with Paul, in second place, 6 points back.
The Quinnipiac survey suggests a tighter contest for the GOP nomination, with Christie just 3 points ahead of the rest of the field.
Both new polls also indicate what just about every other survey this year has pointed out: That Clinton would be the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. And the McClatchy-Marist poll, like the CNN survey from last month, it suggests Vice President Joe Biden would be the early favorite for his party's nomination, if Clinton doesn't run.
"It's still two years before they're shivering in the snow in Iowa and New Hampshire, but today, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and Secretary Hillary Clinton are the hottest prospects for 2016," Malloy said.
As with all polls conducted so early in a presidential cycle, this survey was most likely heavily influenced by name recognition.
The McClatchy-Marist poll was conducted December 3-5, with 1,173 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted December 3-9, with 2,692 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.