In a poll conducted during the maelstrom over Herman Cain’s comments on abortion, the Godfather’s Pizza mogul continued to lead the pack.
Cain made in the initial remarks in an October 19 interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. In a New York Times/CBS News poll released today, conducted October 19 – 24, Cain was backed by 25 percent of Republican primary voters. Mitt Romney came in second, at 21 percent. Among the rest of the field, Newt Gingrich was backed by 10 percent, Ron Paul 8 percent, Rick Perry 6 percent, Michele Bachmann 2 percent, and Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum 1 percent. Fourteen percent are undecided or do not know.
Among Tea Party Republicans, the candidates were in the same order, but Cain and Gingrich had significantly more support, and Romney lost a few points. Results from Tea Party Republicans: Cain (32 percent), Romney (18 percent), Gingrich (15 percent), Paul (9 percent), Perry (7 percent), Michele Bachmann (2 percent), and Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum (1 percent).