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New Iowa Poll: The Gingrich Surge

November 14, 2011
Updated with full results, after the jump

For months, Iowa Republicans faced with a plethora of choices couldn't make up their minds. Now, it looks like the first caucus state is headed toward a decidedly split decision.

A new survey, conducted by the Republican firm the polling company, shows five candidates in double digits, with no one really running away from the pack. Businessman Herman Cain leads with 20 percent, statistically tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, at 19 percent.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at 14 percent, is certainly within striking distance. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul are both at 10 percent. Four other candidates scored at 5 percent or less, and only 13 percent of Iowa Republicans are undecided.

Cain's lead, according to pollster Kellyanne Conway, is based on what she calls the "Palin vote." The embattled businessman, fighting charges of sexual harrassment during his time at the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, is getting support from "those hard-core Republicans who coalesce around a candidate they seem as unfairly treated by the media or establishment," she said.
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