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    Three-way tie

    Three-way tie

    Cain-Newt-Romney all tied up, per latest CBS poll, with Cain at 18, and Newt/Romney at 15:

    In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support continues to slowly grow, and he is now tied with Mitt Romney for second place, while Herman Cain just edges both of them out for the top spot. Both Cain and Romney have lost support since late October.

    In a new CBS News Poll, 61 percent of Republican primary voters say the sexual harassment accusations against Cain won’t make any difference in their vote, but 30 percent say the charges make them less likely to back him, and that
    rises to 38 percent among women. Cain has lost support among women since last month – from 28 percent in October to 15 percent now. He has lost ground with conservatives and Tea Party supporters as well.

    But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to say for sure which candidate they will support.

    Of course, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ve heard (to the chagrin of some of you) of Newt’s rise for almost two months now.  This is another of the reasons why he is resonating with the electorate desperate for a not-Romney who has the complete package of experience, conservative credentials, and delivery, and that word I hate, “gravitas”:

    A woman in the Frank Luntz focus group after the CNBC debate Wednesday said (at 3.24) “I want him to take on President Obama just like he took on the media.”

    No one else yet has shown that ability so far.


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    Let’s not forget the real problem with Newt: He can’t manage a team. Tom Delay once said that working for Newt was tremendously frustrating. That in the morning the leadership team would meet and agree on their messaging for the day. Then around noon, the press would ask about something no one on the team had ever heard of and had no idea how to respond to, because Newt had already gone off the reservation and was saying something totally new and different from what was planned a few hours ago.

    Toward the end of his term as speaker there was an attempted Conservative coup against Newt, largely because he was seen as being too friendly to the other side. He was far more ruthless in putting down this dissent than he ever was in dealing with the Democrats.

    And finally, at the beginning of his presidential campaign this year, his entire staff resigned.

    Newt talks a good game but that’s all he has going for him. He has failed repeatedly as a leader. I would actually rather have Romney – and I can’t stand Romney!

      JayDick in reply to irv. | November 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Do you think Romney has a better chance of winning against Obama? I’m for the person who has the best chance of winning and I don’t know who that is right now. I do think that Newt is the best debater of the group and that will be very important in the election, if Obama would agree to debate him. If I were Obama, I wouldn’t.

    Er…. Cain is leading in the polls. Is he the new 13th floor in the hotel or something? This thread offers ample evidence for why the GOP is so liberal. “Conservatives” may talk as if they are conservative but they vote liberal.

    Let go of your noses. Cain is for real.

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