On the day before a South Carolina debate that it will broadcast, CBS News is out with a GOP presidential poll that puts Herman Cain in the top spot, and Newt Gingrich tied with Mitt Romney:
[Sixty-one] percent of Republican primary voters say the sexual harassment accusations against Cain won’t make any difference in their vote, but 30 percent say the charges make them less likely to back him, and that rises to 38 percent among women. Cain has lost support among women since last month – from 28 percent in October to 15 percent now. He has lost ground with conservatives and Tea Party supporters as well.
Some crosstabs can be found here. The news outlet notes that Gingrich is the only candidate whose support has increased over the last month, albeit slowly.
Perhaps most important, Cain’s tea party support has drained significantly — while Gingrich’s support from that quarter has increased. The pair are virtually tied among tea-partyers — though Gingrich now has a slim numeric lead.
Before he goes to Spartanburg for the first GOP presidential debate on national security and foreign policy, Herman Cain will make a 9:30 a.m. Saturday appearance at the fall board meeting of the Young Republican National Federation, hosted by the Georgia YRs. The Westin Peachtree Plaza event is a fund-raiser, so have at least one Benjamin in your pocket.
We’ve already posted the video of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s top 10 excuses for that “oops” moment in the last debate. Click here to watch.
For Herman Cain, the good news is that the hoopla around those sexual harassment accusations may have peaked – at least for the moment. From the Washington Post:
Karen Kraushaar’s attorney says she will not appear at a press conference unless the two accusers who remain unnamed come forward and join her and the fourth accuser, Sharon Bialek.
The other two women have shown little interest in publicly accusing Cain, though, so the joint press conference now appears unlikely.
Georgia’s push for the dredging of the Port of Savannah cleared a huge hurdle on Thursday, when a South Carolina environmental agency reversed itself and approved the deepening project.
But the state is still in pursuit of more than $500 million in federal dollars to pay for it. Next Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will take U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on a tour of the facility, no doubt pitching the dredging as a sure-fire jobs program.
LaHood had been scheduled to make an inspection of the Savannah port in August, but had to cancel because of the debt-ceiling crisis in Washington.
The opposition to those hot lanes up I-85 may be coalescing into an actual political movement. From the Gwinnett Post:
Victor Ramkissoon, who began the Facebook Against the Peach Pass page, Howard Rodgers, who began an online petition at stopthehotlane.com and Chris Haley, who began a blog at stoppeachpass.org, announced the creation of StolenLanes.org, a group that solidifies the opposition in the community.
“The number of citizens represented by our combined coalition is a force to be reckoned with,” Howard Rodgers said in a press release, adding that the three had a combined group of 10,000 supporters.
More than 40,000 children of state employees are now eligible for subsidized health insurance through PeachCare, notes Georgia Public Broadcasting:
State officials expect moving eligible kids into the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or S-CHIP, will save Georgia $32 million next year. The federal government pays three-fourths of PeachCare’s costs.
Until a recent rule change, state workers have been excluded from the program because federal officials worried states would use it to shift costs to the federal government.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider