On Wednesday evening, NBC and the Wall Street Journal released a national survey that declared Herman Cain had climbed to the top of the GOP presidential heap.
Many called it the first poll to say so.
But Matt Towery of InsiderAdvantage beat the New York team to the punch by a matter of hours, declaring Cain to be the GOP frontrunner at 1:08 p.m. Wednesday, on behalf of the conservative website, Newsmax.
The poll put Cain at 26 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 24 percent – a virtual tie when a 4.4 percent MOE is present, but still.
Towery, a Georgia operative, has sent over his crosstabs, which can be found here.
While we’re on the topic of polling, Public Policy Polling of North Carolina has chosen one of its stranger topics – a study of Democratic and Republican attitudes toward the various states. Among its findings, which can be found here:
— There are three states that Republicans have a negative opinion of: Illinois (15/44), Massachusetts (19/47), and Rhode Island (20/22).
– There are eight states that Democrats have a negative opinion of: Arizona (20/38), Mississippi (13/41), Alabama (13/45), Louisiana (20/29), Utah (14/32), Arkansas (20/23), Texas (17/51), and Georgia (19/31). Taken as a whole, those numbers suggest that Democratic voters don’t particularly like the South.
– Six states were seen favorably by Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike — Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Minnesota.
– The most popular state with Democrats is Massachusetts (49/9) while the least popular is Texas. With Republicans the most popular is Texas (66/9), while the least popular is Illinois, land of Lincoln.
– There are four states that had favorability spreads of -20 or worse with black voters: Mississippi (15/51), Alabama (14/50), Texas (17/44), and Utah (12/34).
– In spite of all the furor over Senate Bill 1070 last year, Hispanic voters nationally actually have a slightly positive opinion of Arizona (31/26).
Because everyone is asking the same question, Emory University has sent this video clip of political scientist Merle Black explaining Herman Cain’s rise to the top of the GOP field, and what it means:
One sign that Herman Cain’s performance in the presidential contest has impressed the GOP homefolk: The Fulton County Republican party this morning crowed that it had landed Cain as the featured speaker for its Nov. 1 “Victory Dinner” – its main fundraiser for the year.
Getting lower billing: Gov. Nathan Deal, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, House Speaker David Ralston and Speaker pro tem Jan Jones.
Another item for your calendar: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be the featured speaker at next Wednesday’s grand opening of the new headquarters of the Georgia Democratic party – at 763 Trabert Avenue NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318.
U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta, former U.S. senator Max Cleland, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and state Sen. Vincent Fort of Atlanta will be there as well.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider