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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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