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article imageRasmussen: Cain and Romney tied with Gingrich in second

By Michael Krebs     Oct 13, 2011 in Politics
In the latest poll released by Rasmussen Reports, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is tied with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the front-runner position, with Newt Gingrich climbing behind them.
Reflecting the shifting and dynamic nature of the contest between the field of Republican presidential candidates, a new poll released on Thursday by Rasmussen Reports demonstrated the uncertainties that remain among GOP voters who appear to remain open to an alternative to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Former restaurant executive and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been surging across virtually every national poll. Cain's rapid success led Washington Post on Thursday to ponder publicly if he could become America's next black president.
"Now, Obama is on the ropes with his poll numbers down, even among African Americans and another black man, businessman Herman Cain, is rising in the polls," Washington Post's Robert Pierre wrote. "A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll now shows Cain numerically ahead of Mitt Romney for the first time in their battle for the Republican nomination."
The Rasmussen poll shows Cain tied with Romney at 29 percent each. It also shows a surge in the appeal of the Newt Gingrich campaign, with 10 percent of those surveyed lining up behind Gingrich. Texas Governor Rick Perry took fourth place with 9 percent approval.
The Rasmussen survey was conducted through telephone interviews with 1,000 likely Republican voters, covering a national spectrum.
51 percent of those surveyed by Rasmussen Reports believe Romney will be the Republican nominee, while 17 percent think the nomination will go to Cain.
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