The straw polls are not flukes. He’s winning major nationwide polls, now.
Yesterday, Public Policy Polling, (which I usually ignore)released numbers showing Herman Cain leading Mitt Romney 30-22 in Iowa.
Today, their monthly look at the national picture finds the exact same numbers.
Cain is up 30-22 on Romney with Newt Gingrich sneaking past Rick Perry for 3rd place at 15% to Perry’s 14% with Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul tied for 5th at 5%, Jon Huntsman 7th at 2%, Rick Santorum 8th at 1%, and Gary Johnson 9th with less than 1%.
An NBC /WSJ poll has Cain 27%, Romney 23%, Perry 16%.
After those three, it’s Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 11 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent, Bachmann at 5 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 3 percent.
The WSJ reports:
The poll of 1,000 adults, conducted from Oct. 6-10, comes as many Republican donors and officials have begun to rally around Mr. Romney as the party’s likely nominee, despite a continued lack of enthusiasm for him documented in the new poll.
For Mr. Cain, the question is whether his newfound prominence, driven in part by his signature “9-9-9” plan to overhaul the tax code, will be a lasting phenomenon in a campaign that has seen many others surge and then fade. Since the spring, conservatives have given short-lived bursts of support for a string of contenders, including Donald Trump, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Mr. Perry.
“Will I be the flavor of the week?” Mr. Cain said Wednesday in New Hampshire, where reporters followed him as he addressed the state legislature. “Well, the answer is an emphatic, ‘No,’ because Häagen-Dazs black walnut tastes good all the time.”
The next debate will be held in Las Vegas and guess who’s calling it “the Political Battle of the Century“, and needs you to hit his freaking tip jar so he can go?
After another bad debate, is Rick Perry finished?
– Byron York, Washington Examiner
Mitt Romney builds case for inevitability
– Jonathan Martin, Politico
Cain leads nationally
– Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling
Ashton Kutcher’s Alleged Mistress
Reveals Details of One-Night Stand
– Tim Nudd, People magazine
Maybe that last headline isn’t quite so obviously relevant, from a strictly political perspective. But you see the basic point: The fate of a nation hangs in the balance as this critical Las Vegas debate looms ahead.
Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!
Hat tip: Charles B.