With Cain out, who will his followers back?

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 1:00pm

With Herman Cain now out of the race, who leads the pack, and which candidate will his supporters back, has yet to be seen.

We're still a few weeks away from the Iowa caucuses - anything could happen - but for now, Gingrich has a strong lead.

The NBC-Marist poll shows Newt Gingrich leading Iowa with 26 %, the apparent beneficiary of Tea Party conservatives defecting from Herman Cain.

But the party chairman says it's not over. "I think it's going to be up to the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina and Florida," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on NBC's Meet The Press, Sunday.

Mitt Romney's in second place with 18%, and drawing fire from Rick Santorum who's got a third of Romney's support in Iowa but still thinks he can win. "There's no question that Mitt has moved. The question is, you know, what's the sincerity of the move and whether he can be trusted?" said Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum.

Michelle Bachmann's also hopeful. "A lot of Herman Cain supporters have been calling our office, and they've been coming over to our side," said Bachmann.

But it's Ron Paul who's moving up fast, now third with 17%, almost tied with Romney. Paul calls himself the tortoise in this race. "We've had the flavors of the month up and down so far in this campaign. I'd like to think of myself as the flavor of the decade," said Presidential Candidate Ron Paul.

With just weeks to go, Iowa's still up in the air, and many voters are still undecided.


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