How the GOP race has changed in a week…

Per a re-contact of respondents in last week’s NBC/WSJ poll, Perry’s support has plummeted, Cain’s has stagnated or slightly decreased, and Romney’s and Gingrich’s has increased… Gloria Cain stands by her man in upcoming FOX interview.

By NBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower

*** How the GOP race has changed in a week: So how have the events of the past week — a woman (Sharon Bialek) publicly accusing Cain of sexual harassment, and Perry’s famous (or infamous) debate flub — impacted the GOP horserace? According to a re-contact of 102 Republicans surveyed in last week’s NBC/WSJ poll, support for Perry plummeted, support for Cain stagnated or slightly decreased, and support for Romney and Gingrich increased. Among these 102 GOP primary voters, Cain went from 28% to 27%; Perry from 8% to 4%; Romney from 27% to 32%; and Gingrich from 17% to 22%. Also per the re-contact, while Cain’s support declined just one percentage point, more Republicans now say they have concerns about voting for him after being accused of sexual harassment. In last week’s NBC/WSJ poll, a combined 17% of these 102 respondents said they were concerned “a great deal” or “quite a bit,” and 54% said they weren’t concerned at all. But 28% of them now say they are concerned “a great deal” or “quite a bit,” while 46% have no concerns.

*** Stand by your man: Speaking of Cain, yesterday he and his wife Gloria taped an interview with FOX’s Greta Van Susteren, which will air tonight at 10:00 pm ET. According to excerpts of Gloria Cain’s remarks, she will say: “You hear the graphic allegations and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman. And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.” More Gloria Cain: “I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.” By the way, is reporting — and NBC News has confirmed — that attorney Gloria Allred will hold a news conference this afternoon with a witness who reportedly will support Bialek’s claim of sexual harassment again Cain. Now, former boyfriend of Cain accuser backs her account.

*** If you could combine Cain/Newt/Perry, Romney would have a race (but you can’t): As one of us mentioned on “Weekend Nightly News” last night, Cain has the passion and enthusiasm with GOP supporters, Gingrich has the brains/intellectual heft, and Perry has the money. If any of those three candidates could put all three together, then Romney would be in trouble. But Newt has a passion/money problem; Cain has a heft problem; and Perry has a passion/heft problem. And that’s your state of the GOP race right now…


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julian
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 14:26:50

    In other words if they were your dogs you’d treat them to a one way visit to the vet.


  2. dragonpuff
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 15:25:47

    So . . . .It started goofily and now its insanity.
    The crazy eyed ignoramus, Bachmann is no longer registering in polls.
    The serial sexual harrasser, Cain, has sunk a bit.
    The serial forgetter, Perry, is kinda sad.
    The flip flopper and weak saber rattler, Romney, is still not wanted.
    The two time cheater and ethically challenged, Gingrich, is up.
    Hunstman, the only sane candidate, is not even registering.
    I won’t even mention homophobic Santorum or crusty ole Paul.

    What has happened to the old GOP?


  3. Sherry Whitstine (@AkSyrin)
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 15:44:30

    Well, sadly they are my dogs! And, I wish nothing bad for any of them.. After this they’ll all go on their marry way! It would be nice in politicas in general if people who appear mentally ill or have crazy stuff in their past be counseled before running for an elected office at this level! However, I know incompetent and a lack of integrity along with Palin pandering when I see it in my own party! Those things are what I and other Republicans will use as a litmus test in this primary!


    • Julian
      Nov 14, 2011 @ 20:22:34

      Oh good lord I certainly wasn’t aiming that at you Syrin, it was a meant as a commentary on the caliber of the candidates themselves.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Nov 14, 2011 @ 20:57:37

      “…go on their marry way.” Was that a Freudian slip regarding the salamandar (newt)? Tee hee


    • anAlaskanAlsoII
      Nov 15, 2011 @ 07:48:18

      If it was just a matter of going on their merry way, to obscurity, to fade away, to irrevocably harm their credibility and suitability for public office – great! It’s the American way. . .but unfortunately, it’s to affect social discourse a la Sarah Palin style.

      Write books, speakers circuit, seeing countries from their SUVs and Hotel Rooms. . .

      It is refreshing however, that their brand of whack-job crazy and grappling decision skills have faded the brownstar’s power in the news cycle, where is whatzername anyway?


  4. akrnc
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 19:24:35

    Sherry, I look at the GOP field and I can’t imagine a single one of them being given an ounce of credibility 20 years ago. They are all auditioning for the RWNJ’s, not the portion of the party that is made up of right-wing moderates who are looking for a mature candidate who is able to work with both sides of the aisle, someone who is actually paying attention to what the voters are saying. The ridiculous primaries will showcase candidates who say whatever they need to get the nomination, usually selected by the more extreme right wing voters as indicated by past voting. However, once nominated, in order to get the vote of the remainder of the party they will have to turn their attention to the moderate voters in the GOP, basically denying everything they said while running during the primaries. How can anyone put their faith in someone who so easily lies and caters to the whims of the voters? I’d much rather see a man or woman of principles who will stand by what they say today in six months from now, not someone who changes their mind according to the polls. So far I haven’t seen anyone like that in the GOP, one or two of them are close but they aren’t getting the attention they need. The nominee will depend on who votes in the primaries and unless the moderates in the party get out and vote, the RWNJ’s are going to select the nominee, that’s downright frightening IMO considering how they have had so many different candidates at the top of the polls as if they all need to get their turn!


    • Sherry Whitstine (@AkSyrin)
      Nov 14, 2011 @ 21:16:02

      I agree! Principals and competence are what I’m looking for in a candidate. As usual you’ve presented a great case..


    • Julian
      Nov 15, 2011 @ 13:55:27

      I blame Palin for this awful populism epidemic. She spent her entire public life talking in bumper bar stickers, glorifying ignorance and denigrating anything with depth and integrity, whipping up the mob mentality and refusing to accept responsibility for any of the horror she created. She’s dragged the GOP down to her lowest denominator and it will take them years to claw their way back. An utterly poisonous woman without one redeeming feature.


  5. WakeUpAmerica
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 03:54:09

    The biggest part of the problem is that there are so many under-informed, one-issue voters out there. They vote for a candidate because he/she is against abortion, or they choose someone because he/she wants to “free up the markets.” It seems everyone has a pet issue to support. However, the presidency is not a one-issue, bumper slogan job. It’s complicated and requires an array of skills. A candidate should not be accepted or rejected because of one plank in the platform.


  6. anAlaskanAlsoII
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 08:00:07

    I am going with Janeane Garofalo on this one, I miss the Grand Old Party of Barry Goldwater. . .you could trust his word and could reason with the guy.


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