Gingrich, Romney Tied for Second

Behind a damaged Herman Cain, according to new poll
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Election 2012: New Poll Shows Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney Tied for Second Behind a Damaged Herman Cain
Republican presidential candidates former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney chat before Wednesday night's debate.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Don’t look now, but Newt Gingrich appears to have crawled his way into the top tier of the GOP presidential field. A new CBS News poll has Gingrich tied with Mitt Romney for second place, at 15% each. Ahead of both is Herman Cain with 18%, but the poll shows he has been damaged somewhat by his sexual harassment scandal. (Also in the poll's top five positions: 17% for "don't know" and 14% for "someone else.")

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While 61% say the Cain scandal won’t affect how they vote, 30% say it will make them less likely to vote for him—and that jumps to 38% among women. Cain’s support among women has declined accordingly, plummeting from a then-leading 28% last month to 15% now. Cain's support amongst Tea Partiers and conservatives is down as well, and both he and Romney are down overall from last month, while Gingrich is trending upward. (Click for Cain's most recent gaffe.)

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