Herman Cain takes lead in GOP race

Updated
Herman Cain takes lead in GOP race
Herman Cain takes lead in GOP race
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Republicans have a new frontrunner in the presidential race.

A newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll now shows former pizza CEO Herman Cain in the lead with 27 percent of the GOP vote. Willard M. Romney slid down to second place at 23 percent. Rick Perry – who was the frontrunner not so long ago — got bumped back to third place with 16 percent. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich rounded out the top five. Michele Bachmann…not so much.

This is a dramatic turn of events as just last month, Cain tied for fifth with five percent. Perry claimed the top spot with 38 percent and Mitt Romney was in the same second spot with an unchanged 23 percent.

When you throw President Obama into the mix, Romney does a bit better. In a match-up, the new numbers suggest Obama would beat Romney, 46-44. Up against Cain, Obama’s lead would grow to 49-38.

Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney

Herman Cain takes lead in GOP race

Updated