Cain Soars to 8-Point Lead in Iowa
Herman Cain has surged into an eight-point lead over his nearest Republican rival in first-in-the-nation Iowa, an exclusive Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll released on Monday shows.
The former pizza magnate is supported by 26 percent of voters who say they will vote for him in the Hawkeye State GOP caucus, compared to 18 percent who opt for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The surprising numbers come just two months after the popular Ames Iowa Straw Poll where Cain ranked fifth among the top-tier candidates, taking 1,456 votes to winner Michele Bachmann’s 4,823 votes.
Cain also is running second behind Romney in New Hampshire, according to a separate Newsmax poll in that state.
Combined, the two polls confirm that with the clock ticking on the primary season, Cain is now the clear favorite among conservatives who are determined to defeat Romney for the nomination.
… The polls in Iowa and New Hampshire and two other InsiderAdvantage polls in the other early voting states of South Carolina and Florida were all taken on Sunday evening.
All four show that Cain is the only candidate currently challenging the more moderate Romney.
… Cain’s eight-point lead in Iowa mirrors a similar figure revealed in a survey by the Democratic group Public Policy Polling taken last week. The Newsmax poll puts former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in third with 12 percent, followed by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann with 11, Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 10 and Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 6.
If he keeps on “Leaving the Campaign Trail” like this, someone will have to call him back in the summer of 2012 so he can accept the GOP’s nomination — despite his “obvious” lack of effort (/sarc).
Related: Here’s an emailed suggestion for a Herman Cain campaign slogan: “Hop on Cloud 9-9-9; Cain for President.”
Works for me. And supply-side godfather Arthur Laffer. And Stephen Moore (“rocket fuel for the economy”). I do have a problem with whether the sales tax element can be kept under control in future years, but I’d rather deal with that problem than the awful tax system we currently have.