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Scandals Haven’t Hurt Cain in the Polls…Yet

A new Gallup poll taken after the sexual harassment story involving Herman Cain broke found that he is still gaining support among Republicans and is now tied with Mitt Romney for the top spot. From Gallup:Preferences for 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination -- Trend Through November 2011

The poll also found that 53 percent of Republicans or Republican leaning independents are inclined to believe the sexual harassment charges against Cain are not true.

This is the second major national poll to show that the harassment story hasn’t yet done serious damage to Cain’s poll standing. But the issue for Cain doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Today another woman has come forward publicly claiming that Cain sexually assaulted her in 1997. While the scandal hasn’t hurt Cain so far, the steady stream of new women, new accusations and new details has the potential to quickly erode his support among primary voters. Having yet another woman come forward could cause many of those initially skeptical Republicans to be more inclined towards believing all the accusations against Cain.

Cain still managed to get the top spot in Gallup’s national poll, but his time at the top of the polls may be coming to an end very soon.

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Jon Walker

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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