Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has taken the lead in Ohio in what a Quinnipiac University polling official describes as a “meteoric” rise. The former head of Godfather’s Pizza now leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 28 percent to 23 percent among GOP voters, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
Support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry has plunged from 20 percent to 4 percent, the poll found. In third place is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, at 8 percent; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 7; Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 4 each; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 2; and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 1.
“Herman Cain’s rise has been meteoric. He has increased his share of the vote among Ohio Republicans four times since Quinnipiac University’s Sept. 28 survey, in which he registered 7 percent,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Gov. Mitt Romney hasn’t moved, and Rick Perry has fallen off a cliff, down to 4 percent from 20 percent.”
In a three-candidate matchup, Cain leads with 40 percent, followed by Romney at 33 percent, and Perry, at 10 percent.