Herman Cain Catapults into Serious Contention

Following a solid performance in last Thursday’s nationally-televised Republican presidential primary debate sponsored by FOX News, radio talk show host and self-described “political outsider” Herman Cain suddenly finds himself among the top choices to head his party’s ticket in the 2012 presidential election.

In an on online survey conducted by IBOPE Zogby, the previously little-known Cain is the first choice of 14% of likely Republican primary voters.  The ex-chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza trails only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a match-up of thirteen possible candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.  Christie, who continues to insist that he won’t be a candidate, received 17 percent in the interactive poll, which was conducted May 6-9, only a few days after last week’s South Carolina Republican presidential debate.

Mitt Romney, who didn’t participate in last week’s debate, polled 9 percent in the poll while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose debate performance failed to excite the party‘s conservative base, garnered only four percent of those surveyed.

A Romney spokesman downplayed the results, saying that it was too early to gauge support in the race, especially since several potential candidates, including the former Massachusetts governor, haven’t declared their intentions yet.

In the meantime, the 65-year-old Cain — a favorite of the Tea Party crowd — said that he plans to hold a rally on May 21 to announce his decision on running for president.

The IBOPE Zogby Poll of 1,377 likely Republican primary voters also found that half of those surveyed indicated that they could never support Donald Trump as the party’s nominee while 36 percent said that they couldn’t vote for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who plans to make his candidacy official later today.

Nearly a third of those polled said that they couldn’t possibly vote for Ron Paul, the cranky Texas congressman and outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve who’s mounting a third long-shot quest for the presidency. Paul’s candidacy was favored by ten percent of those surveyed.

The poll, released yesterday, had a margin of error of 2.7 percent.

8 Responses

  1. Jason
    Jason May 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm | | Reply

    Why would you write this and put him at the end??

    “Nearly a third of those polled said that they couldn’t possibly vote for Ron Paul, the cranky Texas congressman and outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve who’s mounting a third long-shot quest for the presidency.”

    Couldn’t possibly…Cranky??…long-shot….sounds like you are literally trying to make him sound bad…please listen a bit more to him and I’ll listen to whomever you think I should…Cain maybe?? If he’s for ending the Fed and restoring states rights then I will certainly read up on him as well.

    What is wrong with you? The Federal reserve is the root of all monetary woes! If we don’t end it we are doomed to endless indebtedness. Please help, and not hurt, saving America…We can argue over evertyhing else later but first let’s “End the Fed”. Please I like taking my kids camping and fishing or going to a movie. This will cease to be a right and be completely a privelage if we don’t stop the DEBT engine called the “Federal Reserve”

  2. California Mama Bear
    California Mama Bear May 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm | | Reply

    Your Comments Herman Cain was NOT “The ex-chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City” – He was a businessman on the Advisory Board to that bank, and he has said that he would not lead the charge to end the Fed if he were President, but he would encourage Ron Paul to use his position in Congress to pursue ending the Fed.

  3. bulldawg
    bulldawg May 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | | Reply

    It is time to raise a little Cain, We the People are sick and tired of the same whole Politicians making promises they never keep. We have along ways to go until we unseat the Socialist in the White House. If the Tea Party or the the Ron Paul crowd don’t quit eating their young and start working together, the fake in the oval office will get back in, and the only way we will save this country is for the bottom to fall out and we start over, and if that happens this country will be a big freakin nightmare.

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  5. Joe M
    Joe M May 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm | | Reply

    Wow, what a slanted article! You try to hide the fact that Ron Paul is ahead of Romney, then only mention it after saying a third of voters wouldn’t vote for him. Try honestly presenting the information:

    If the Republican primary for President were held today, for whom would you vote?

    Candidate GOP Voters

    Chris Christie 17%

    Herman Cain 14%

    Ron Paul 10%

    Mitt Romney 9%

    Which of the following candidates would you never vote for?

    Candidate GOP Voters

    Donald Trump 50%

    Newt Gingrich 36%

    Sarah Palin 36%

    Mike Huckabee 34%

    Ron Paul 32%

    Mitt Romney 27%

    Source: http://www.zogby.com/news/2011/05/10/ibope-zogby-poll-cain-now-second-christie-top-choice-gop-primary-voters-/

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