First post-Cain poll finds Gingrich holding double-digit lead

Newt Gingrich is benefiting from Herman Cain’s exit from the GOP presidential race, according to a Poll Position survey released Monday.

According to the survey of likely Republican primary voters and caucus-goers, which was taken after Cain announced his campaign’s suspension on Saturday, Gingrich took 37 percent of the support of those surveyed, followed by Mitt Romney at 23 percent.

Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) came in at 7 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) at 6 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 3 percent and Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum with 2 percent each.

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That’s a 5 percent rise for Gingrich over the last PP survey, where he came in at 32 percent. Romney remains unchanged from last week’s poll.

This backs up the findings of other polls conducted when Cain was still in the race, in which Cain supporters said Gingrich was their second choice.

According to a recent Bloomberg poll, in which Cain took 8 percent, 28 percent of Cain supporters identified Gingrich as their second choice, followed by Perry at 23 percent, and Romney and Paul each with 14 percent.


Cain pulled out of the race on Saturday, saying that allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity against him were hurting his family.

With the Iowa caucuses less than a month away, candidates are now scrambling to pick up Cain’s former supporters.

On Monday, Perry updated his website with a direct appeal to the Cain crowd, billing himself as “the only Washington outsider left in the race.”

And Bachmann said on Sunday that “a lot of Herman Cain supporters have been calling” her campaign offices.

Fox 5 Atlanta reported Sunday that Cain would endorse Gingrich on Monday in New York City.