Oct 6, 2011 5:25 PM by Gene Cotton

For Herman Cain, a surge in the polls

ATLANTA (AP) - Rick Perry's loss has been Herman Cain's gain.

As the Texas governor has tumbled in polls for the Republican race for president, Cain has enjoyed a surge in support from a restless Republican electorate.

The former pizza magnate and radio talk show host has topped a slew of recent tests of conservative activists, including an upset in the battleground state of Florida. His fundraising has apparently picked up and his poll numbers are climbing, too.

A new CBS survey had the Atlanta businessman in a statistical tie for the lead with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. His just-released, rags-to-riches political memoir has landed in's top 10 best-sellers.

Cain is seeking to capitalize on the momentum and build his name recognition.



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