I am adding this to my brain dump, as it is hidden in a comment in Raymond Camden's ColdfusionJedi article, "Using CF8 Ajax features to solve the 'pick one of thousands' issue":
In Coldfusion 8, autosuggest will strip leading zeros off of numbers. The fix is to add whitespace to the front and end of the number before returning it to the browser.
The answer is found here:
With a little side of applesauce...
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