According to Google’s data, “four of the top 10 cities with the most searches for [Herman Cain] are major cities right in Texas.” Those would be Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

Cain, the only candidate of color in a Republican field large enough to include two Mormons, has been climbing in the polls while Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently took a big dive.

Poll watching is akin to weather predicting, but it’s worth noting that a man who once may have been alone in believing he could win is now in a statistical tie with front-runner Mitt Romney. — PZS

Links: Google’s trend data Gallup’s poll results for Republican candidates

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