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Herman Cain rises to the top of Republican field

by Adam Russett on October 13, 2011

Despite a string of impressive performances at the Republican debates, Mitt Romney has fallen behind in the polls to an unlikely challenger. In the latest survey, businessman Herman Cain has vaulted to the top with 27 percent support from prospective Republican voters, CBS reports.

The figure puts Cain four points ahead of Romney, who many consider to be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination after Texas governor Rick Perry had a series of missteps. However, many voters appear to relate to Cain's simple message and propensity for blunt truthfulness. Cain may have also captured the voters who are turned away by Romney's somewhat left-leaning policies as Massachusetts governor.

Whether or not Cain, the founder of Godfather's Pizza and a successful motivational speaker, can maintain his momentum remains to be seen. His frontrunner status put the spotlight on his 9-9-9 jobs plan, which proposes a flat 9 percent corporate tax, sales tax and income tax, and whether or not it is actually a financially viable option.

Early reports seem to say no, according to Bloomberg, which claims the plan would end up costing the U.S. a great deal of money. They found that under his proposal, the country would have brought in about $2 trillion in 2010. It actually pulled in about $2.2 trillion under the current system.

Voters also seem to be attracted to Cain's outsider status. Unlike many of the other Republican candidates, he has no history in politics. Despite the criticisms thrown his way after his lackluster debate performances, he appears unfazed.

"You know you must be doing something right when you get a lot of arrows in your back," Cain told The Washington Post. "Many American people are saying, 'You know what? This longshot may not be such a long shot.'"

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