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, RadarOnline.com 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…