NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The Republican Presidential race is taking an interesting turn.
Herman Cain, the former pizza executive from Atlanta, won another straw poll over the weekend at a republican women's convention in Kansas City.
The once minor candidate was on Sunday talk shows, criticizing a racially-charged word painted at the entrance of a family farm where candidate Rick Perry often hunts. Cain says it took them too long to remove it. "For him to leave it there as long as he did, before I hear that they finally painted it over is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country," said Herman Cain, (R) Presidential Candidate.
The Perry campaign says he's wrong. Perry's trying to hold onto his sinking lead in the polls - with much of the talk now about whether New Jersey governor Chris Christie may jump into the race. "Chris Christie ought to be looking at Perry's problems and say, "You know I may not be Rick Perry but some of those problems i may face if i got in." Charlie Cook/ NBC News Political Analyst
After first saying no, Christie is now said to be taking a second look. "Chris is a unique successful governor with a positive outlook. And I think would fare very well against the President," said Governor Bob McDonnell, (R) Virginia.
Despite concerns about GOP candidates, Republicans still believe this race is a referendum on President Obama - one they'll eventually win.
As for Christie, he doesn't have much time to decide - and could face criticism about high unemployment and education cuts in his state.
Tracie Potts, NBC News.