Cain Leaps Past Perry, Nearly Ties Romney

Gallup poll shows Romney at 20%, Cain at 18%, Perry at 15%
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2011 8:43 AM CDT
Gallup Poll Shows Herman Cain Passing Rick Perry, Nearly Tying Mitt Romney for October
Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain gestures during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – It’s not a hoax or a dream: Herman Cain really has surged to the upper echelon in GOP primary polls. Cain more than tripled his support in Gallup’s October poll, jumping from 5% in September to 18%, just a hair behind Mitt Romney’s 20%. Rick Perry, meanwhile, plummeted from 31% to 15%. The result is roughly in line with last week’s polls showing Cain’s surge. The rest of the candidates were all in the single digits.

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The tumult is unusual for Republicans, who have historically (with the exception of John McCain in 2008) picked a frontrunner early and stuck with him, Gallup notes. And given that a whopping 20% of the field is still undecided, “the race may remain fluid for some time." Romney for one plainly isn’t worried by Cain’s rise—last night he told a crowd in New Hampshire that Cain was a “terrific guy” and that they should “give him a look,” Politico reports. “Vote for either one of us and you’ll be happy." (Read more Gallup poll stories.)

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