Cain Ahead Of Gingrich In GOP Candidate Poll

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ATLANTA — Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain both announced their candidacy in Georgia for the Republican nomination for president and both plan to have large operations in metro Atlanta, but an early national poll on GOP candidates showed both candidates are back in the pack, with Cain ahead of Gingrich.

The poll released to Channel 2 Action News by InsiderAdvantage asked Republican and Independent voters who they intended to vote for in their state's primary or caucus.

The poll of 770 voters across the nation showed voters who are already decided favor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 16.2 percent of the vote.

Romney was followed by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, two women who have not formally declared their candidacy.

Georgia businessman and talk show host Herman Cain received 10.9 percent. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, with 7.4 percent in the poll, is sandwiched between Cain and Gingrich, who received 6.4 percent. The poll found more than 25 percent still remain undecided, with the first primaries and caucuses more than seven months away.

The poll showed Romney with an edge among women voters, but Bachmann received the highest percentage of votes from men.

When broken down by race, Romney received the majority of white voters, while Bachmann earned nearly a third of the African-American votes. Cain, the only African-American candidate in the group, received 12.9 percent from black voters.