Herman Cain Leads New National Polls

    Herman Cain, former chairman and chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza, third left, speaks while Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, right, looks on during a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg via Getty Images and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The event moderated by U.S. television talk show host Charlie Rose and featuring eight Republican candidates, presents the first debate of the 2012 political season focused solely on the economy. Photographer: Melina Mara/Pool via Bloomberg via Getty Images

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    The White House and the press may now be treating Mitt Romney like the Republican nominee for president, but the polls are telling a different story. Two new national surveys show Herman Cain as the frontrunner: an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Cain leading Romney 30–23, while a PPP poll shows Cain leading Romney 30–22. (The PPP poll also shows Newt Gingrich passing Rick Perry into third place, with 15 percent.) In the PPP survey, Cain is the favorite of Tea Party voters, with 39 percent of the vote, while Romney is a distant fourth among the same crowd. PPP also has Cain leading Romney in Iowa, 30–22. Romney, however, remains on top in a third national survey by Reuters/Ipsos, leading Cain 23–19.

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