Businessman Herman Cain has pulled ahead of Mitt Romney and now leads the field of 2012 Republican candidates, according to a new New York Times/ CBS News poll.
Cain has 25 percent support among Republican primary voters, compared with 21 percent support for the former Massachusetts governor.
The two candidates were tied at 17 percent in the previous NYT/CBS poll released on Oct. 3.
The new poll shows Cain’s support among Tea Party conservatives climbed to 32 percent in mid-October — up from 18 percent just a few weeks earlier.
Cain’s rise to the top of the polls is powered by a non-traditional campaign (here’s the “smoking” Cain ad everyone’s talking about). But he’s going to have to do more than that to do well in the early nominating contests in January, Reuters’ Patricia Zengerle reports.