Iowa Poll: Cain Leads, Romney Strong

by Robert Costa

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney top the latest Hawkeye State poll:

DES MOINES, Iowa – Herman Cain and Mitt Romney top The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll, with the retired pizza executive edging the former Massachusetts governor 23 percent to 22 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cain has surged 13 percentage points since the first Iowa Poll of the caucus cycle, conducted in late June. His rise has come despite spending little time in Iowa recently, campaigning here just once since the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, where he placed fifth.

Likewise, Romney has campaigned in Iowa just three times this year, but he retains a core network of supporters from his near-constant presence in the state during his first presidential bid four years ago.

Read the rest here. Full results below:

Cain 23%

Romney 22%

Paul 12%

Bachmann 8%

Perry 7%

Gingrich 7%

Santorum 5%

Huntsman 1%