Poll Shows Cain Still in Lead as Allegations Mount

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After three days of a media circus over sexual harassment charges, Herman Cain still leads the GOP presidential field.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO is leading Mitt Romney 26 to 23 percent.

The Georgia businessman has kept a lower profile as hazy allegations of sexual misconduct dominate the presidential campaign.

Three women are reported to have complaints that Cain sexually harassed them during his time with the National Restaurant Association during the 1990s.

The Cain campaign blamed Gov. Rick Perry for leaking the story to Politico, a charge the Perry campaign denies.

Bill Frezza, with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, offered his take on the sexual harassment charges against Cain, on CBN News Morning News, Nov. 4.

Meanwhile, an outside group supporting Cain has released a hard-hitting ad that suggests the attacks on Cain are racially motivated.

"Now we are getting the high tech lynching of a beautiful man, Herman Cain," the ad said.

The advertisement features 1991 testimony from now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was also accused of sexual harassment at his confirmation hearings.

"It is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, you will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured, rather than hung from a tree," Thomas had testified.

In Iowa, where the 2012 election is scheduled to kick off in January, voters are curious about the allegations.

"That came up with every phone call. I think there's a concern about it, but I really think that he's above so much of this. I don't think it's going to hurt him at all," Cain campaign volunteer Pat Smith said.

Cain's campaign could still be hurt by any new revelations. 

But nearly a week after the story broke, the Cain team said it has raised more than $1.2 million -- nearly three times what it took in during the last three months combined.

"The only thing we've really seen this week is that people are doubling their commitment, getting even more involved because they're so angry at the national press," Georgia state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, said.

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John Waage

John Waage

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John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

He also analyzes the convulsive politics of the Middle East.