Romney And Cain Neck And Neck In Iowa
More poll numbers show nationwide support for a Cain presidency.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Herman Cain and Mitt Romney top The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll, with the retired pizza executive edging the former Massachusetts governor 23 percent to 22 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Cain has surged 13 percentage points since the first Iowa Poll of the caucus cycle, conducted in late June. His rise has come despite spending little time in Iowa recently, campaigning here just once since the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, where he placed fifth.
So where’s the support coming from? No surprise.
Romney has stayed exactly where he was in the Register’s previous poll, but Bachmann and Cain have pretty much swapped places. Who supported Bachmann and are now calling her to get out of the race? No need to guess…you know.
Romney, the national front-runner and a familiar face in Iowa after his 2008 presidential run, attracts support from 23 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. Bachmann, who will officially kick off her campaign in Iowa on Monday, nearly matches him, with 22 percent.
“She’s up there as a real competitor and a real contender,” said Republican pollster Randy Gutermuth, who is unaffiliated with any of the presidential candidates. “This would indicate that she’s going to be a real player in Iowa.”
Former Godfather’s CEO Herman Cain, who has never held public office but has found a following among tea party supporters, comes in third, with 10 percent.
Still, it’s way too early to know whether or not these folks won’t go for Romney when it comes to caucus for a candidate or cast their ballot. My guess is many will because they want to beat Obama and Romney is really the only one who can make a stand. But the parallels between 2004 when Dems were completely uninspired by a Massachusetts politician and this year when Repubs seem to be completely uninspired by a Massachusetts politician are pretty apparent.
And with the GDP growing and the stock market having its best month in 25 years…it’s going to be tougher to hit Obama with the economy if positive signs keep popping up.
Potentially tough road ahead for the GOP.