As recently as a month ago no one was giving Herman Cain any chance at winning the Republican nomination for president. Now he is nearly tied for the lead in the latest poll.
A Gallup poll released on Monday finds Mitt Romney in first place with 20% of the vote. But suddenly Cain is hot on his trail with 18%. When factoring in the margin of error, they are virtually tied. Sliding former frontrunner Rick Perry is third with 15%.
In Gallup's previous poll less than a month ago, Cain had just 5% of the vote, but that was prior to several nationally televised debates in which people apparently liked what they saw in Cain.
On the other side of the coin, Perry's support has been cut in half -- he led the way with 31% in that previous poll.
The debates apparently created much confusion -- undecided voters climbed from 10% to 20%.
Here are the full results:
Mitt Romney: 20%
Herman Cain: 18%
Rick Perry: 15%
Ron Paul: 8%
Newt Gingrich: 7%
Michele Bachmann: 5%
Rick Santorum: 3%
Jon Huntsman: 2%