In the latest CBS News poll of Republican candidates, Herman Cain is still on top in what now appears to be a three-way race. Newt Gingrich is polling at 15% in third place, with Mitt Romney holding the second spot in second place at 15% (a virtual tie with Gingrich).
In a new CBS News Poll, 61 percent of Republican primary voters say the sexual harassment accusations against Cain won’t make any difference in their vote, but 30 percent say the charges make them less likely to back him, and that rises to 38 percent among women. Cain has lost support among women since last month – from 28 percent in October to 15 percent now. He has lost ground with conservatives and Tea Party supporters as well.
But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to say for sure which candidate they will support.
The field of Republican candidates now has three candidates within striking distance of each other at the top of the list: with 18 percent, Herman Cain is in the top spot, followed by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with 15% each. Support for both Cain and Romney has declined since late last month, and Gingrich is the only one of the top three whose support is steadily – if slowly – on the upswing.
The two surprises are Gingrich and Cain. Gingrich has seen a steady climb in recent days as Republicans are looking for someone with gravitas. Gingrich fills that bill based on his experience as House Speaker and one that is known as a policy wonk. Cain is also a surprise that he is hanging steady and is in fact still polling high, in spite of his troubles with sexual allegations.
The steady horse in the race is Romney who remains stuck in the mud once again. Romney didn’t breakthrough in 2008 and he has yet to breakthrough for this election.
It could conceivably be Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee.
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