New polls show Herman Cain challenging Mitt Romney for frontrunner status in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Cain led the pack at 24 percent in a new nationwide Fox News poll released on October 26. Mitt Romney trailed close behind with 20 percent. The four percentage points dividing the two candidates is close to within the poll's margin of error +/- 3 percent.
A nationwide CBS News/New York Times poll from October 25 also showed Cain on top with 25 percent, with Romney in second place at 21 percent.
Herman Cain is also making life tough for Romney in two of the four earliest voting states. A new CNN/Time/ORG poll unveiled on October 26 had Romney at 24 percent and Cain at 21 percent in Iowa. Just two percentage points separate the two candidates in South Carolina, where 25 percent of voters back Romney and 23 percent support Cain. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 5 percent.
Mitt Romney remains a strong frontrunner among Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, dominating Herman Cain by a margin of 40-13 percent, according to the CNN/Time/ORG poll. Ron Paul trailed closely behind the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza with 12 percent. Romney also continued to lead in Florida, with 30 percent to Cain's 18 percent.
Pundits seem eager for Cain's number to plummet back to earth, perhaps because they failed to predict his rise to frontrunner status. But the numbers don't lie. At least for now, Herman Cain's star continues to rise.
Photo of Herman Cain courtesy of Brian Stansberry via Wikipedia Commons