The GOP Race Really Just Has One National Frontrunner Now

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Businessman Herman Cain has taken the top spot in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.Cain tops former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with the support of 30 per cent of likely Republican voters to Romney’s 23 per cent. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich follows at 10 per cent, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 8 per cent, and Rep. Ron Paul at 7 per cent. No other candidate tops 4 per cent in the survey.

Cain is up from 17 per cent last month, while Romney’s support has remained steady.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is up to 47-49, from 41-45 last month, and he still tops all the Republican candidates in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups.

  • Obama-Romney: 47-42
  • Obama-Perry: 52-36
  • Obama-Cain: 50-40
  • Obama-Gingrich: 52-37

The poll was conducted almost entirely before allegations of past sexual harassment charges were raised on Sunday night — and is a national survey with little direct applicability to the nominating race centered on early states.

Read the full poll results here >

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