Cain, Romney top new Des Moines Register poll
By Rachel Weiner,
The latest Des Moines Register Iowa poll reconfirms that the Iowa caucuses are, right now, a race between former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
Cain and Romney are basically tied in Iowa at 23 percent and 22 percent, respectively — even though neither candidate has spent much time in the state. The poll of 400 likely caucusgoers has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
The only other candidate in the double-digits is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 12 percent. Next is Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at 8 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry is tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 7 percent.
A recent CNN poll found very similar results.
The last Iowa poll was in June; at the time, Romney and Bachmann lead the Republican pack.
Of course, Romney lead in the October 2007 Iowa poll too; he ended up losing to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in the state.