No. 1, for now: Herman Cain speaks at a rally at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on Oct. 16.
We’re not interested in horse-race politics, but it is worth noting that all those pesky sexual harassment allegations haven’t stopped the Cain Train yet. In a CBS News poll, Herman Cain still held on to the lead in the GOP lineup, but Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich nipped at his heels. Yes, Newt Gingrich—him again.
Cain might want to quit it with the Anita Hill-themed humor while he’s ahead, however. It’s still early days, believe it or not, for Campaign 2012. —KA
“Political Hotsheet” on CBS News:
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.