Comeback kid: Gingrich ties Romney for second in CBS poll
He and Romney are only at 15% which, if you look at the big picture, is actually pretty poor. And Cain at 18% isn't much better.
Less than 60 days out from Iowa and New Hampshire and no GOP candidate is running away with the race:
In a new CBS News Poll, 61 percent of Republican primary voters say the sexual harassment accusations against Cain won't make any difference in their vote, but 30 percent say the charges make them less likely to back him, and that rises to 38 percent among women. Cain has lost support among women since last month - from 28 percent in October to 15 percent now. He has lost ground with conservatives and Tea Party supporters as well.
But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to say for sure which candidate they will support.
The field of Republican candidates now has three candidates within striking distance of each other at the top of the list: with 18 percent, Herman Cain is in the top spot, followed by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with 15% each. Support for both Cain and Romney has declined since late last month, and Gingrich is the only one of the top three whose support is steadily - if slowly - on the upswing.
Interesting that people may be taking a second look at Gingrich. He may be the anti-Romney candidate but he is also a full fledged member of the GOP establishment. He certainly does well in the debates but he still doesn't have much of an organization. He is also in debt already and may not have the fundraising chops to become competitive in New Hampshire or South Carolina.
I can't see Newt getting more than 20% of the vote in any of the early primary states. It won't be enough to win but it may allow him to stay in the race a while.