Two new national Republican nomination polls show Herman Cain’s support waning, to the benefit of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Michele Bachmann, meanwhile, has not gained any new support for months.
A Public Policy Polling survey has Gingrich in the lead, 28-25 over Cain with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney checking in third at 18 percent. Bachmann is tied for fifth with Ron Paul, at five percent.
A CNN poll shows Gingrich and Romney in a virtual tie for first place, at 22 and 24 percent respectively. Cain is third at 14 percent, down 11 points from October. Bachmann is fifth at 8 percent.
Bachmann last cracked double digits in the CNN poll in early September, when she was at 13 percent and in third place behind Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
The two polls show just how volatile the Republican electorate is. Public Policy Polling notes on Twitter: “Hope for the GOP 2nd tier- if Gingrich can gain 18 pts in 2 months, why can’t they in run up to Iowa?”
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