Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has taken the lead in the Republican polls for President. His popularity has jumped 22% in six short weeks, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll
"I think he is a real person and that is why he is ahead in the polls," says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates. "He is not a robot."
Cain is now ahead of the former front-runner Texas Gov. Rick Perry whose popularity fell to 16% in October from 38% in August and leaves him in third place.
Support for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did not change from August poll to October. He remains in second with 23% of the GOP vote.
The big question on the minds of many is whether Cain's popularity will wane as fast as it surged, just like it did for Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), while the Republican party tries to find a candidate who is NOT Romney, but who can win against President Obama.
"Will I be the flavor of the week?'' Mr. Cain said Wednesday in New Hampshire. "Well, the answer is an emphatic, 'No,' because Häagen-Dazs black walnut tastes good all the time."
But Davidowitz is not convinced Cain is the candidate who can beat Obama for two reasons:
1) He does not have enough money in his campaign coffers …
2) and as a result his staff is too small and not as organized as others.
The way Davidowitz sees it, even though "the Tea Party is not in love with Mitt Romney," he is the one person who can — and will likely -- beat Obama.
It's the Economy Stupid
For the second month in a row, another recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, found more than 70% of Americans say they feel the economy is headed in the wrong direction -- numbers not seen since the financial crisis of 2008.
Davidowitz, an emphatically outspoken critic of the President on The Daily Ticker, says such negative sentiment towards the economy does nothing but hurt Obama's chances for re-election.
Even if the economy does begin to trend positive as recent economic data suggests, Obama will still face huge headwinds on the campaign trail. One huge challenge is the growing number of undecided voters.
"Obama is in more trouble than appears in the polls," says Davidowitz, pointing to the undecided vote, which double to 20% in October from September. "The undecided vote always goes to the contender when there is a sitting President."
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- Herman Cain