Your morning jolt: CBS poll has Herman Cain tied with Mitt Romney for GOP lead

Herman Cain continues his ride on the good-news wagon this morning with a CBS poll that shows him tied – for the first time — with Mitt Romney for the lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination:

The poll shows Cain, who stood at just five percent support two weeks ago, now holding 17 percent support among Republican primary voters. That puts the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO into a tie with Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, whose support has essentially held steady over the past two weeks.

See the CBS details here. A Washington Post/ABC poll on Tuesday had Romney leading, with Cain tied with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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In Georgia, an InsiderAdvantage and Channel 2 Action News poll says the Stockbridge entrepreneur and former radio talk show host has a substantial lead in the state. From the Southern Political Report:

Cain garnered 41 percent of the vote. This mirrors his recent meteoric rise in national and state polls around the nation. Also on the rise is Georgia’s former U.S. House Speaker and Georgia Newt Gingrich, who emerged from his single-digit showings in many recent polls to capture 17 percent of likely GOP voters in this latest Georgia poll.

The poll was conducted Monday among 678 likely Republican voters. MOE is 3.6 percent.

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Herman Cain is also doing well among readers. Who may or may not vote. From the Associated Press:

“This is Herman Cain,” a newly released memoir by the businessman and Republican presidential candidate, was in the top 10 on Amazon.com as of Tuesday afternoon. Interest in the book has soared since Cain unexpectedly won the Florida straw poll on Sept. 24.

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Not to be left out, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s assertion that the federal Environmental Protection Agency will begin regulating dust as of Jan. 1, 2012.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to kill all talk of entrance into the 2012 GOP nomination race bodes well for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. From Dan Balz and the Washington Post:

There was at least one immediate dividend on Tuesday. Ken Langone, a Home Depot co-founder and GOP fundraiser who was the prime mover behind the effort to persuade Christie to run, signed up with Romney.

Also joining was Georgette Mosbacher, longtime GOP fundraiser and co-chairman of the Republican National Committee’s finance committee. Others appear ready to jump aboard in the next few days.

And Politico.com reports that Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard will also endorse Romney this morning – an event sure to be touted by the Romney people as proof their candidate “can compete with Rick Perry for establishment support in the South.”

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The bright spot for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, from the Associated Press:

Perry raised more than $17 million in his first six weeks running for president, his campaign announced Tuesday, an impressive total that helps cement his status as the top alternative to Mitt Romney and counter the perception that his campaign his struggling.

Perry has raised more than $17 million since August 13, and has $15 million in cash on hand.

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Meanwhile, a lagging Michele Bachmann (who tallied 1 percent in the IA/WSB poll) is focusing on the GOP base. From the Minnesota Independent:

On a conference call with supporters of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom coalition on Tuesday evening, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said she would reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, while agreeing with a caller who said allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military would “destroy the armed forces.”

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U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will make an appearance at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta this morning, to boost faith-based efforts to help the jobless.

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That spill into the Ogeechee River – and the relatively small state fine of $1 million that it prompted – continues to roil tempers down on the coast. From the Savannah Morning News:

Five state legislators will ask the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to impose special conditions on a new discharge permit for King America Finishing, the textile company whose improper disposal of flame retardant chemicals was discovered following a massive fish kill on the Ogeechee River in May.

Specifically, the legislators want a third-party inspector to do the sampling and lab analysis of King’s discharge instead of allowing the company to self report, as is the usual practice.

“I think we’ve all lost confidence in the system,” said state Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, at a meeting of legislators, landowners and activists at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Monday night. Three high-ranking EPD officials joined the meeting by telephone.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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112 comments Add your comment

Bootnewt

October 5th, 2011
10:01 am

Maybe the “Gub-ment” can regulate the sawdust in Cain’s noggin. Prob’ly not!!

Romegaguy

October 5th, 2011
10:07 am

Cain will be back baking pizzas by February 2012

not much

October 5th, 2011
10:13 am

Cain = Palin
Therefore, Georgia voters will eat it up!

Songbird

October 5th, 2011
10:23 am

I hope Cain gets the nomination. Perhaps when he loses in a landslide, the republican primary voters will finally learn that the rest if the electorate in this country is not as extreme in their views and won’t vote for their nut cases.

R U Kidding Me?

October 5th, 2011
10:38 am

If anybody has any doubt left whether the Tea Baggers are whack-a-doodles or not, you only need to look at the GOP poll numbers for the past 3 months:

August – Sarah Palin #1
September – Rick Perry #1
October – Herman Cain #1
November – Who’s next???

The Baggers are about as fickle and flakey as it gets. My prediction for November: Hank Williams, Jr.

Retired Solider

October 5th, 2011
10:42 am

I suggest everyone who thinks the republicans in the primary are “extreme” look back to 2008 and how Obama beat Clinton in the democratic primary. He ran far to the left of Clinton. In my view many of his primary positions were very extreme. During the general Obama and the national press forgot about Obama’s primary talking points as Obama ran back towards the center. My point, political candidates tailor their message, you’ll hear a different message from the republican winner in the general election.

Having said that, it really doesn’t matter, This general election is all about the success or failure of Obama. On that basis, we’ll have a new president in Jan 2013.

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Red

October 5th, 2011
10:55 am

Now we’ll see if Romney trashes Cain like he did Perry. Slick Plastic Mitt will have a time trying to keep up with Cain in a debate. I’m still waiting for someone to push Romney on how speeches can suddenly be considered conservative credentials when his record either campaigning or being elected indicate otherwise. And have Mitt explain why he would endorse a fringe liberal nut like Rocky Anderson for reelection. If Perry’s ‘88 relationship with Gore mattered, a 2003 endorsement of a nut for reelection matters more.

yuzeyurbrane

October 5th, 2011
10:55 am

This says more about the mindset of Teapeople than the viability of Cain.

UGA1999

October 5th, 2011
10:57 am

Yuzeuurbrane….Why do you say that. Cain has some really good ideas however I really dont think he is electable.

GaBlue

October 5th, 2011
11:06 am

R U Kidding Me @ 10:38,

Or as Bill Maher described the Republican faithful: “Promiscuous.”

sloan

October 5th, 2011
11:06 am

Now that really would be a “historical” election if Obama ran against Cain in 2012.

UGA 1999

October 5th, 2011
11:11 am

sloan….somehow the left would still call Cain and the GOP “racist”.

SBinF

October 5th, 2011
11:18 am

If Cain gets the nomination, he is assured to win the election. Everyone voted for Obama because he was black, right?

UGA 1999

October 5th, 2011
11:20 am

SBinF….a certain demographic of people did. Yep.

Rontoyon

October 5th, 2011
11:21 am

“Ken Langone…signed up with Romney.”

Romney’s advisers would do well to caution him to keep Kenneth Langone at arms length. Anyone who has ever followed the guy’s connivances knows that he is toxic.

DannyX

October 5th, 2011
11:33 am

““I think we’ve all lost confidence in the system,” said state Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, at a meeting of legislators,…”

Another Georgia Republican failure. Add the EPD to the list of Republican failures.

“Self-regulation” LMAO! That is about the biggest con ever, you Republicans crack me up.

Alabama Communist

October 5th, 2011
11:34 am

More Breaking News On Herman Amazing Campaign…….A unknown Spokensperson for Romney said today that Herman was cheating since he started wearing the infamous secret Mormon Underware at local Truck Stopd Strip Clubs in Redneck South Georgia

MrLiberty

October 5th, 2011
11:36 am

The new golden boy has his moment in the sun. Then as the people look closer on their newly illuminated candidate they will see the truth of this positions and will fall away as quickly as they did with the last one. Meanwhile Ron Paul hasn’t changed his principles or his positions in 30 years. He predicted the economic collapse, the quagmire in Afghanistan and Iraq, has been proposing sound economic solutions to all of our issues, and is steadily rising in the polls despite being actively ignored and misrepresented in the lame-stream media. Ron Paul 2012. This is his moment and americas moment to finally regain its freedom and liberty again. It won’t happen with any other candidate.

John K

October 5th, 2011
11:37 am

Well, the three page bills he proposes will still be too long for the reading abilities of the tea set.

I love it though, anything to that will marginalize the GOP is ok by me.

Obamageddon Ensues

October 5th, 2011
11:38 am

You whining statists have nothing offer but name calling.

Not even Harry Reid will bring Obama’s “jobs” bill to a vote because not even Democrats want to vote for it. A $900 billion stimulus didn’t work–so a $450 billion one will?

It’s tragic that you people are so invested with the Democrat party that you’ll ignore the massive unemployment, foreclosures, and human tragedies that are all around us in order to defend the multitudinous failures inflicted on America by Mr. Obama.

Ol' Timer

October 5th, 2011
11:43 am

The notion that businesses can be trusted to do the right thing without “burdensome” regulations from the EPA or other government agencies bites the dust again as flame retardent chemicals are emptied into the Ogeechee River causing a massive fish kill. I suppose it was cheaper than hauling it off and dealing with it responsibly.

The Republican/Tea Party is willing to compromise our air, ground water, oceans, employee safety and health to put a little zip in the bottom line of their benefactors.

That’s a mighty high price to pay to elect a short-sighted Dufus.

Frederick Douglass

October 5th, 2011
11:44 am

RU Kidding Me?

” My prediction for November: Hank Williams, Jr”.

Yeah I can hear him at the debates now:

I called Obama Hitler, right on FOX TV
Didn’t know it’d get me fired, until ESPN called me
Try and put youself in my unique position
If I get stoned and shout slurs all night long
It’s a family tradition

Yep

October 5th, 2011
11:46 am

Cain has quickly become the candidate of choice simply because he states his honest opinion and backs it up with facts. Do I agree with all of his positions? Of course not. He is a proven business leader with well founded ideas and proven previous success.

I for one am tired of career politicians, with little or no practical experience running this country. Herman Cain represents logic and a common sense approach to managing this country if you are right leaning.

UGA 1999

October 5th, 2011
11:46 am

DannyX….when do you want to start looking at the Democratic failures? Glass house dude!

Travis McGee

October 5th, 2011
11:49 am

@Obomageddom — You’re right — at least to a point. The Congress on both sides of the aisle are filled with politicians who are more concerned about special interests and being re-elected than what is best for the coutry.

Politicians are concerned about the next election while statemen are concerned about the next generation. The country will suffer immeasurable harm until we are smart enough to elect public servants who are willing to put Country Before Party.

Until then, it’s going to be a heckuva bumpy ride for both parties. Some are willing to pull the whole edifice down just to spite the other party — cutting off their nose to spite their face.

And, so it goes. . . .

Skip

October 5th, 2011
11:51 am

Cons are doing everything they can to keep Obama in office, they get to say no to everything and collect the big bucks for doing nothing more than that.

MyPatootie

October 5th, 2011
11:52 am

It would be worth it just watching all the consternation from the Blacks if it is Cain vs Obama. What a quandary! All those that said they voted for Obama simply because he is Black will have to choose between a 100% Black man and a 50% Black man. What’s one to do, flip a coin? One thing I have to say about Christie is that he is somewhat smart. He knew he would suffer the same fate as Rick Perry due to his sympathetic and condoning views of illegals also. Christie has said “illegals are not criminals” and advocates a path to amnesty. It wouldn’t have taken long for the folks to find that out, then he would have been history, just like Perry will soon be. Cain looks better to me everyday.

GaBlue

October 5th, 2011
11:52 am

Frederick Douglas,

Dagnabbit! Now that song is stuck in my head!

DannyX

October 5th, 2011
11:54 am

Coca Cola executives are livid. “This is why all of our manufacturing jobs are going to China! You can dump just about anything in China with one easy bribe. Wow, so what, they dumped a bunch of chemicals into a river, THEY ARE THE JOB CREATORS.”

Egbert

October 5th, 2011
11:59 am

I am starting to get excited about Herman’s surge in popularity. You can’t chalk it up 100% to tea party support, although he certainly has some of that.

Perry has bombed, Romney =Joe Izusu, the rest are unelectable with the possible exception of Santorum, who has negligible poll numbers and would need a Cain-like rise to become relevant. Herman’s campaign somehow reminds me of Carter’s in 1976 when the American people were sick to death of career politicians (well, Washington politicians anyway) and elected someone they perceived as an outsider. I realize that Carter turned out to be the worst president in our lifetime (present company excepted), but still, he got himself elected after coming out of nowhere with a grassroots campaign.

Egbert

October 5th, 2011
12:00 pm

I meant “Isuzu.”

UGA 1999

October 5th, 2011
12:03 pm

Egbert,

Perry nor Romney have “bombed”…this is just polling trends they will be fine.

findog

October 5th, 2011
12:03 pm

The real problem with replacing this President is the inaction for four years as his replacement will not make the tough choices for fear of losing the election like the first President Bush

Real Athens

October 5th, 2011
12:07 pm

Retired General:

“I suggest everyone who thinks the republicans in the primary are “extreme” look back to 2008 and how Obama beat Clinton in the democratic primary. He ran far to the left of Clinton.”

Um, example or two, please.

Yep

October 5th, 2011
12:15 pm

findog — I think your point is spot on…. That is why someone like a Herman Cain who does not need the job, but merely wants to lead this country out of its current troubles is a perfect choice. I do not think he needs a second term to be successful. After four years of hard choices and creating the groundwork for success in this country, he is the kind of guy that may even volunteer to step down..

UGA 1999

October 5th, 2011
12:15 pm

Real….I dont think Clinton would have ever sued Arizona for enforcing the law. I dont think Clinton would have shoved an illegal healthcare bill down the throats of the American public. I dont think Clinton would have pushed to have terrorists tried on our civilian court system.

If you remember Bill Clinton moved much more to the center during his presidency. Obama is moving further and further to the radical left.

Justin

October 5th, 2011
12:23 pm

Can anyone explain Herman Cain’s platform on foreign policy?

Don't Tread

October 5th, 2011
12:23 pm

“I dont think Clinton would have shoved an illegal healthcare bill down the throats of the American public.”

I think she would have, given that she was heavily involved in King Bill’s failed attempt at “universal healthcare”.

But you’re right, Obama is far, far left of Hillary.

Independent voter

October 5th, 2011
12:27 pm

Obamageddon Ensues: Look what has the republican did to help the economy since they been in office. I bet the republican running scare since Christie is not running. Cain is a joke and Romney is so quiet he dont want to mess up.

Thanks West Virgina for electing a demoncrate governor.

UGA 1999

October 5th, 2011
12:28 pm

Dont Tread…thanks for agreeing.

Seanus Romney

October 5th, 2011
12:30 pm

Cain gets my vote!
He wouldn’t strap a dog on top of the car for 12 hours!

Big Daddy

October 5th, 2011
12:30 pm

Cain blasted Perry for the “insensitive” painted rock, but when Cain discovered that his tea-tard base found the rock funny and probably aspired to vacation at a place where the n-word is clever, Cain had to backtrack and apologize to Perry for daring to imply that the Texas closet-Confederate was a racist.

mum

October 5th, 2011
12:31 pm

I firmly believe that if the economy was in better shape, we’d have a better slate of candidates and even a Democrat competing against Obama. It’s easy to support Cain or Romney as “businessmen” but running this country is not like running a business because you can’t file bankruptcy, restructure and expect to survive. Romney as a businessman with Bain Capital, bought struggling companies cheaply, restructured (i.e. downsized) then sold the companies at a profit.

td

October 5th, 2011
12:32 pm

Justin

October 5th, 2011
12:23 pm
Can anyone explain Herman Cain’s platform on foreign policy?

Can you explain Obama’s platform on foreign policy? Follow Bush.

Frederick Douglass

October 5th, 2011
12:33 pm

MyPatootie:

There wouldn’t be a quandary, blacks aren’t going to vote for Herman Cain in any measurable numbers just because he’s black. You must think we’re the stupidest life forms on the face of the earth, most blacks I know, including myself, don’t appreciate the company Herman has aligned himself with. No one is going to cross party lines to vote for that uninformed bufoon, are you kidding me?

td

October 5th, 2011
12:36 pm

mum

October 5th, 2011
12:31 pm

Restructuring is exactly what we need to do. We need to go through every Federal department and cut the waste, fraud and abuse. We need to determine what are the essential functions of the Federal government and do away with the rest. We need to find new ways to increase revenue. A good business man is what we really need in the White house.

Charles

October 5th, 2011
12:37 pm

Cain and Obama huh. It that happens actually it’s going to be more entertaining to watch staunch white Republicans who probably never thought their only option for POTUS would be two black men. Blacks have made that choice before whether on a state or local level. And since Repubs have been the party of NO for 4 years, it’s not going to be that hard for many blacks to continue voting in large numbers for a Dem. The real question will be whether or not Repubs will actually stand by their man.

mum

October 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

@mypatootie, I guess you’re one of those people who believe blacks are stupid and can’t think for themselves, just like hispanics, asians (south and east) and whites right?

Independent voter

October 5th, 2011
12:41 pm

Ttd: which republican candidates have foreign policy and Cain is not to be trusted.
Perry is known as a racist candidates that why is poll dropping because the true should set you free.