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Herman Cain Tied With Romney Atop New Poll

Momentum carries him to No. 1 spot in CBS poll
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2011 6:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – If you thought Herman Cain's rise to second place in the new Washington Post poll was impressive, take at look at the new CBS News poll: He is tied at No. 1 with Mitt Romney at 17%. Again, his rise mirrors the fall of Rick Perry, who slipped from first to third place (and from 23% to 12%) in just two weeks. Following in single digits are, in order, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman.

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What's with Cain's quick rise? He seems to have replaced Perry as the conservative's conservative, explains the Christian Science Monitor. In particular, his 9-9-9 plan to revamp the tax code—he wants a 9% flat income tax, a 9% corporate tax, and a 9% national sales tax—is resonating, adds CBS. A big test will be to see how he fares amid all the new attention, writes Peter Grier in the CSM. He'll likely be a big target in the next debate. (Read more Herman Cain 2012 stories.)

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