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article imageHerman Cain tops Republican polls in South Carolina and Virginia

By Michael Krebs     Oct 11, 2011 in Politics
Two polls released on Tuesday, just hours before a key GOP presidential debate, reflect the dramatic gains made by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain continued to make headlines on Tuesday, topping GOP polls in South Carolina and Virginia and proving to the Republican establishment and to the many media organizations covering the 2012 presidential election that his candidacy is a tier one consideration.
The poll results were released just hours before Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire that will be carried live on the Washington Post web property.
In Virginia, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University featured Herman Cain in a tie with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, as the Washington Times reported on Tuesday.
Cain and Romney each received 21 percent among the Virginia voters surveyed, with Texas Governor Rick Perry coming in a distant third with only 11 percent support.
But Cain's success story was considerably more prevalent in South Carolina, a voting population known for its base of Social Conservatives. According to a poll conducted by American Research Group, Cain leads the race by one percentage point over Romney in South Carolina.
The American Research Group poll put Cain at 26 percent among participating South Carolina voters, with Mitt Romney at 25 percent and Perry at 15 percent.
And while Cain has received a "bad apple" label from actor and entertainer Harry Belafonte, as BET reported, his appeal and his prospects for a Republican nomination appear to be rising.
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