Still no 2012 GOP front-runner for president

Still no 2012 GOP front-runner for president

November 3rd, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

POLL: Who would be the best GOP candidate to run against President Obama?

Whatever you think of the GOP field, there is no lack of drama in the race to pick a nominee to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.

Georgia businessman Herman Cain is flatly denying allegations that he sexually harassed two women more than a decade ago. No clear proof of the allegations has surfaced, but his critics hope the claims will keep the public's attention.

Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are in a tight race in the important early-voting states of Iowa and Florida. Romney leads in another early-voting state, New Hampshire. Cain is ahead in South Carolina.

It is unclear whether the harassment accusations will harm Cain's candidacy. The South Carolina poll was conducted after days of coverage of the claims against Cain, but he still led Romney by 10 points, according to Rasmussen Reports.

National polls have put each of the men ahead at various times over the past few weeks.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is coming in third in some polls, and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is third in some. The other major candidates are generally farther behind.

Is the Republican field really narrowing to Cain and Romney? That's hard to say, but the two hopefuls are the leaders at least for now.