Another major national poll has confirmed that Herman Cain is the current leader in the Republican presidential primary. According to the most recent CBS News/New York Time poll Cain leads with 25 percent of the vote, followed closely by Mitt Romney at 21 percent. From the CBS News:

Among Republican primary voters

Herman Cain 25%
Mitt Romney 21
Newt Gingrich 10
Ron Paul 8
Rick Perry 6
Michele Bachmann 2
Rick Santorum 1
Jon Huntsman 1
Undecided/Don’t know 14

This is just the latest major national poll to confirm that in only a few months Cain has surged to the top of the race. Earlier this month a NBC/WSJ poll and PPP poll both found Cain with a similar lead over second place Mitt Romney.

The other interesting finding in the poll is that Rick Perry’s rapid implosion continues. Back in mid September Perry was leading in this poll with 23 percent, and now he is down to just 6 percent.

For several reasons, including his lack of a large campaign infrastructure, I still think it is unlikely Cain will eventually win the nomination.  But his surge to the top spot is clearly having an important impact on the race. Perry’s decision to introduce his own optional flat tax proposa today likely has a lot to do with the popularity of Cain’s own 9-9-9 tax proposal.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at