Herman Cain Slumps, Newt Gingrich Surges in Latest Poll

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It looks like a changing of the guard at the top of the Republican race for president -- those sexual harassment allegations are finally taking a toll on Herman Cain while Newt Gingrich has replaced him as the flavor-of-the-day.

Mitt Romney still sits atop the CNN/ORC International Poll released on Monday with 24% of the vote. But Gingrich is now second at 22%. Just a month ago he was down in the pack with 8% in the same poll.

Cain was second last month with 25%, just a slim percentage point off the lead; now he is third with 14%.

"Cain is struggling with the charges of sexual harassment, and while most Republicans tend to dismiss those charges, roughly four in 10 Republicans think this is a serious matter and tend to believe the women who made those charges," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

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Gingrich has had a good showing in recent debates which is helping his candidacy, but he might just be the latest in a long line of top-tier candidates who have eventually fallen by the wayside (see Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Cain).

Here are the full results:

Romney: 24%
Gingrich: 22%
Cain: 14% 
Perry: 12% 
Paul: 8%
Bachmann: 6%
Huntsman: 3%
Santorum: 3%