Your morning jolt: CBS poll has Herman Cain on top, Newt Gingrich rising

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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98 comments Add your comment

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
9:57 am

The HOT lanes are never going away. Expect to see more toll lanes and toll roads in the future.

Centrist

November 11th, 2011
10:01 am

Gee, too bad for the media that they can’t coax that joint news conference. Maybe the anonymous gold diggers don’t want to be seen in the light of day to be exposed like the other two. Why bother when they already won a shake-down?

Tom

November 11th, 2011
10:03 am

Herman and Newt need to come to a meeting of the minds on the potential for being on a ticket together……if they haven’t already.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
10:06 am

Yes, if only for the sheer irony.

ByteMe

November 11th, 2011
10:17 am

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.

Gosh, turned out the Feds were right about that. And the red state Georgia quietly heads to the trough to feed while complaining about it loudly in public. Anyone surprised?

Rabbit

November 11th, 2011
10:22 am

Centrist just keeps banging on the media, but these debates are real people standing in front of a camera under pressure. The never-ending Republican debate tour has been one of the most remarkable political events (series) in my lifetime. A president is under extreme pressure and in the spotlight for the 35064 hours (x2 if reelected) he serves.
People will hear spin from every direction and the founding fathers trusted us to be interested enough to be able to cull the truth from the merry go round.
No, if the unqualified candidates (and there are some) fall by the wayside, it is not the media’s doing. It is their own. It’s the way we do politics, and this year we’re finally getting a more unvarnished look at the people who would seek to lead us.

yellowdog

November 11th, 2011
10:22 am

its always the women that get trashed when they come out about sexual harrassment; same old same old. back to the ’50’s……..or backwards…..just like newt and herman cain……they sure are visionaries arent they?

joe

November 11th, 2011
10:24 am

Cain/Gingrich/Romney>Obama. Anyone but Obama in 2012!!!

Rabbit

November 11th, 2011
10:36 am

Joe: Not just “anybody” That’s a cute soundbite, but we either need to do better or keep him. Gingrich and Cain are self interested mucks. Gingrich was an effective opposition leader, but a terribly ineffective leader. He was/is devisive and, frankly, mean. If you’d rather have that, we want to live in different countries. The country I think our founders envisioned places humanity above self interest.
Cain is a talk show host with mafia themed pizza chain as his sole achievement. Sure, the President had community organizer and US Senator on his resume. Both thin. But the President has been on the job and while some of his initiatives you may disagree with, he has not endangered the republic. He’s an average president – not great, not awful. Don’t be swung by the spin. There are worst options out there.
Romney has a good resume and is pragmatic. The fringes hate that – right and left. But leadership is about bringing everybody along and the fringes don’t move the body. Of the Republican candidates, if Romney doesn’t get the nomination, I’m thinking status quo.

Frederick Douglass

November 11th, 2011
10:36 am

Cain’s on top, that pop heard around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is bubbly being uncorked.

S. Powell

November 11th, 2011
10:37 am

The GOP debate, my first time watching, they all wanted to eliminate Obamacare. During the next debate the question should be; 1. Explain the Obamacare. 2. discribe what your plan would be. 3. How is your plan better than Obamacare. The public would like to know what you are talking about.

markie mark

November 11th, 2011
10:38 am

I dont know Yellowdog….when a woman seems to make a habit of suing her employers for sexual harassment, it seems to me pattern of behavior begins to emerge….or did you not know that Kraushaar sued her next employer also (one of the reasons was not being allowed to work at home….how does that become sexual harassment?)

"Liberal News Media" PLEASE report CORRECTLY!!!

November 11th, 2011
10:39 am

You report: “[Sixty-one] percent of Republican primary voters say the sexual harassment accusations against Cain won’t make any difference in their vote…”

I feel like the Republican voters DO NOT BELIEVE these “Money chasing women that claim these harassments” and THAT is why we STILL SUPPORT Mr. Cain. AND “NOT that these accusations won’t make any difference in our vote”!! I AM a WHITE WOMAN and a Republican and I SUPPORT Mr. Cain BECAUSE I BELIEVE these accusations are a LIE!!!!

markie mark

November 11th, 2011
10:42 am

“Cain is a talk show host with mafia themed pizza chain as his sole achievement.” Are you kidding me? he was an executive with Pillsbury who was assigned the horrible task of turning around a pizza chain that nobody wanted…and was successful.

Talk about damning with faint praise…..at least do some research and get your facts straight. And that was one of MANY professional accomplishments…

MyPatootie

November 11th, 2011
10:42 am

FD, you are loco! If the truth were known, BO does NOT want to face HC in the election. That is just a front the lefty liberal media is pushing for them. Anyone could beat BO with the way things are now, and HC would get plenty of Black votes, taking away from BO. About the only votes BO gets are union-backed hacks, Black Dems, and Hispanics (including the illegals). Yes, you can bet there will be plenty of them voting with their fake IDs.

GaBlue

November 11th, 2011
10:43 am

Personally, I don’t want to see any joint press conference with Mr. Cain and the women he allegedly harassed. I’m sick of the whole thing, and it makes no difference anyway. (A) Mr. Cain is NOT a contender for the Republican nomination, as disappointing as that is to the Democrats, who would just LOVE to watch him share the stage with President Obama in an actual debate. (B) Any man who stands in front of a camera and asserts “I have NEVER done anything inappropriate to anyone.” is a G–D—- LIAR. Every honest person knows he or she did something inappropriate at some point. The behavior referred to as “sexual harassment” occurs ALL the freaking time in workplaces all over this country. It has been ever thus! Heightened awareness and legal ramifications that arose in the last couple of decades may have toned it down somewhat, so that it is frequently more subtle than it used to be, but men hitting on women — either politely or rudely — in the office (and sometimes the other way around) is not a thing of the past, nor is the notion of “quid pro quo.” AS IF!

Another thing that does not change: Rightie-tards insisting that THEIR guys would never behave in a sleazy manner that they are certain all Democrats embrace. Sleaze is not party-specific, and anyone who thinks Mr. Cain did not make passes at these women is substituting wishful thinking for reality. Hey, whatever gets you through the day…. (**insert eye rollie icon**)

Liberty?

November 11th, 2011
10:45 am

Do you people actually believe that private insurers care about your health? When did insurance companies people a symbol of liberty. Every last one of you would be singing a different tune if “Obamacare” is repealed and you had serious health issue and your insurance company cancelled you coverage in time of need or jacked up the rates so high you couldn’t pay them. I guess you people want to repeal Obamacare, so we can get back to the good ole days when insurance companies could deny children with pre-existing conditions care. Insurance companies don’t care whether people live or die. All they care about is their shareholders.

Rabbit

November 11th, 2011
10:47 am

MM
Criticism accepted. Mr. Cain’s business record with GFP was a success.

Wonder why these OTHER $$$ chasing women won't come forward???

November 11th, 2011
10:48 am

….. “so the joint press conference now appears unlikely”.

They are “scarditty cats” in knowing they LIED!!! (HEE HEE HEE)… BUT Mr. Cain has said HE would take a lie detector test!!!

joe

November 11th, 2011
10:50 am

Rabbit, although I don’t agree totally with everything you had to say, I won’t say you are off base with your comments, except on one statement you made:

“while some of his initiatives you may disagree with, he has not endangered the republic.”

WRONG…he has very much endangered us on several of his policies, but the most obvious is the amount of spending he has done. Obama has spend more in 3 years than EVERY other US president did in their ENTIRE terms…He’s outspent 43 presidents. He has put us on the same track as Greece, Ireland and Italy. That is precisely why we cannot afford 4 more years of him. If he gets 4 more, we will be walking in Greece’s shoes sooner than you might think.

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
10:50 am

Suck it Frederick Douglas. Your President and and Party are a complete Failure. The Community Orginizer is a Joke. Has even had a Real Job. Release your Grades too!!Your Pain is My pleasure.

CAIN 12!

Independent voter

November 11th, 2011
10:53 am

I hope Obama go against Cain that will be a win for Obama.

Taylor Wooten

November 11th, 2011
10:56 am

Im amazed that people think Cain is even qualified. PLEASE….he cant be the nominee. Obama beats him

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
10:56 am

Independent Voter, You can’t write. Sounds like a typical Ignorant Obama Supporter to me… Cain or Newt would wipe the Floor with your Failed president. Bring it on!

TEA!

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
10:58 am

Hey Taylor! What has your President ever done? Nothing! Thats What. Never even had a Job. I also bet most of his supporters on this Blog don’t have a real job either. Cain’s resume is actaully full of real world Business Experiance.

DannyX

November 11th, 2011
10:58 am

The fact is just about every single economic indicator shows an economy that is slowly recovering. Stock market, GDP, and employment. On top of that our foreign policy is again respected here and around the world. Obama is also seeing improved approval ratings, and now is shown leading in most polls, one on one and generic. There is no way the economy was going to recover after the horrible Bush Great Recession.

In the mean time Republicans are seeing their popularity plummet.

If the economy keeps improving Obama wins easily.

DannyX

November 11th, 2011
11:00 am

“There is no way the economy was going to recover after the horrible Bush Great Recession.”

Meant to say…There is no way the economy was going to recover OVERNIGHT after the terrible Bush Great Recession.

qwest5555

November 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Boy the lil tea party must want to lose this upcoming election. You couldn’t pay me to vote for the likes of Herman Cain, Newt the adulterer, or Mitt the shyster all over the map Romney!! I guess they threw in the towel.

Bill Clinton

November 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Obama is history. He was elected because of the “white mans guilt disease”. A token. Unqualified, no experience except as an organizer. He is a total failure in that position.

BEND OVER, HERE COMES THE CHANGE

November 11th, 2011
11:02 am

Tom

The ideal vice president will come from a state the can HELP republicans, two from GA won’t do that.

BEND OVER, HERE COMES THE CHANGE

November 11th, 2011
11:03 am

qwest5555

Oh yeah, NObama is quite the prize.

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
11:03 am

Danny X,

EXCUSES ONLY MATTER TO THOSE WHO MAKE THEM……

Vacationing President... OBUMMER!!!

November 11th, 2011
11:04 am

To Rabbit: “… But the President has been on the job… “. Ohhh REALLY??? LOOKS to me like he has used the Oval Office for EXTREME EXPENSIVE Vacations with SEVERAL Buddies on board, his GOLF “practicing” AND the TV for HIS FACE toooo OFTEN!!! (Ohhh and I forgot to mention Michelle’s overseas vacations w/out him)!!

Ohhh bythe way… PLEASE do your research on Mr. Cain’s MANY responsible JOBS before you show your ignorance AGAIN!! OBUMMER only was a community organizer and “part-time” Senator… BECAUSE he USED this position as a “fund-raiser” for Presidency!!!

Centrisst

November 11th, 2011
11:06 am

When is Cain taking the lie detector test? Why should he have to? A channel 46 “reporter,” Pimp Borezt and a “scientific” detective have proclaimed him innocent.

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
11:06 am

Danny X is an OCU-TARD!

DannyX

November 11th, 2011
11:10 am

If Obama is so bad why is he ahead of the Republican contenders? You would think the polls would support the Republican.

Key states released by Quinnipiac yesterday, here’s how your hero Cain matches up.

Ohio Obama +10 vs Cain
Pennsylvania Obama +10 vs Cain
Florida Obama +4 vs Cain

Aquagirl

November 11th, 2011
11:10 am

I feel like the Republican voters DO NOT BELIEVE

Another Republican unhappy they don’t get to speak, act, and decide for everyone. If you think the charges are not true, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion, which is not shared by everyone. Why you think the “liberal media” is at fault because you’re not Queen Of The Universe is unclear. Did they sabotage your coronation?

Buckhead Boy

November 11th, 2011
11:13 am

Reading the comments of Mr. Cain’s supporters here, I have concluded that his use of illeism may say more about their intellectual development than his propensity for unabashed self-promotion — but just to a slight degree.

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
11:13 am

Danny X Your Polls don’t mean much. Lets see your Failed Empty Suit Debate someone first and explain his failed policies. It will be all excuses and excuses… We need more time. NOPE! Time is UP!! Power to the People.

qwest5555

November 11th, 2011
11:15 am

Don’t forget, only the southern states of the likes of South carolina, GEORGIA, bankrupt Alabama, Mississippi, that are truly dragging this country down with its high unemployment rates and etc. Tea Party kooks has done a lot for these states the last 3 years!!!

snoqualmiefalls

November 11th, 2011
11:19 am

As the papers in the Northwest are saying…
“A large group of right thinking Republicans, but all disfunctional”
IMHO that says it all.

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
11:21 am

qwest5555,

You are full of It.DEM led states like MI,PA,IL are turning into Mad Max return to Thunder Dome. Liberalism is withering on the Vine right in Front of us. Your Pain is our Pleasure.

DannyX

November 11th, 2011
11:21 am

Seriously RealTalk is that all you have? You sound like the typical emo-Republican.

If Obama is so bad and Cain so good you might think those poll numbers would be reversed.

Btw, the monthly Gallup generic (Obama vs Republican) poll released yesterday showed Obama in the lead after being down the previous 2 months.

Support from independents for the Republican candidate went from 48% to 38% in 2 months. Why? Because the public has gotten a glimpse of the horrible Republican candidates.

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
11:27 am

I wonder how much money a Year Danny X makes a year. I bet under 35k.

GaBlue

November 11th, 2011
11:27 am

“Your Pain is our Pleasure.”

Thank you for articulating the true Republican mindset so succinctly!
(Thank GOD I was able to quit those guys! Buncha pervs.)

Frederick Douglass

November 11th, 2011
11:28 am

MyPatootie/RealTalk

Sounds like you guys are running scared, and with good reason. Herman Cain has zero chance of being anything other than a tourist at the White House. Are y’all fu**ing kidding me, maybe we’re observing two different people, but the Cain I see is even nuttier than I had initially suspected. BLACKS AREN’T GOING TO WASTE A PRECIOUS VOTE ON A BOOT LICKER LIKE CAIN!

Ol' Timer

November 11th, 2011
11:30 am

There’s not a one on that stage I’d feel comfortable babysitting my grandchildren!

[...] but you can’t count them out — they could surprise us all by suddenly shooting to the top of the polls. Bottoms [...]

RealTalk

November 11th, 2011
11:35 am

Not running Scared at all all Loser, We are confident we are taking this country back. Your Ideology is a Failure and is dying right in front of us.Let your Party keep running itself and our Country into the Ground.

Live Free to DIE.

Concerned

November 11th, 2011
11:37 am

Jim,
Didnt you get the memo on that, The other 2 dames wont come out until he close to the Vote. Signed the Machine