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Despite Allegations, Cain's SC Lead Widening

Georgia businessman Herman Cain has opened a 10-point lead on former Gov. Mitt Romney and others.

Despite two days of allegations of sexual harassment dating back to the 1990s, Georgia businessman Herman Cain's meteoric rise to the top of the GOP polls continues.

In the first Rasmussen Reports poll of likely S.C. Republican primary voters conducted Tuesday, Cain carried 33 percent of the support, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 23 percent.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was the only other candidate in double-figures at 15 percent, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry (9 percent), Rep. Ron Paul (5 percent), Rep. Michele Bachmann (2 percent), former Sen. Rick Santorum (1 percent) and former Gov. Jon Huntsman (1 percent) trailed the field.

Huntsman is in the while most of the candidates will return to of the primary season.

Cain's strong showing equals that in Iowa and New Hampshire prior to the allegations. He finished first in Iowa and second in New Hampshire (behind Romney) in recent polling.

Cain's rise to the top is equal to that of Perry, but quickly faded as his debate performances disappointed. Despite Cain's strong support in early primary/ caucus state polling, however, 44 percent of those polled said they expected Romney to eventually win the nomination.

Three-fourths of those polled knew that Cain had been accused of sexually harassing women at the National Restaurant Association. But only 30 percent of the 700 respondents believe the allegations are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to be true.

Cain's base of support comes from Those polled said they planned to vote for Cain, 40 percent to 25 percent over Gingrich, who came in second. Less conservative Republicans chose Cain slightly over Romney. And moderate Republicans chose Romney slightly over Cain.

The good news for Romney is that only 28 percent said they were certain of their voting plans for the Jan. 21 primary at this juncture. The bad news: 30 percent said they "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to support a third-party candidate if Romney is the nominee.

Mimi November 03, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Just goes to show you how many corrupt, brainless voters and legistrators live in South Carolina. I believe that these polls spell trouble for the entire Republican party. I don't believe that in a general election that South Carolina would elect a person who is promising to raise their taxes for the benefit of the rich, eliminate Medicare that a huge percentage in SC depend on. Increase the poor population, demise a already suffering education system, turn Social Security into a wall street ponzi scheme ALL IN THE NAME of yet again transfering as much of the working class money to the top. PATHETIC
LEXINGTONBOB November 03, 2011 at 06:54 PM
what a bunch of losers!

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