Herman Cain Leads Latest Poll of Florida Republicans; Rick Perry Registers Just 5 Percent

It looks like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is last week's news to Florida Republicans -- pizza man Herman Cain leads the latest poll of the state's GOP voters with a six-point buffer over the second-place former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, in the chase for the party's presidential nomination.

No other candidate in the American Research Group poll even came close to Cain and Romney -- who received the vote of 34 and 28 percent of respondents, respectively -- with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich lagging in third place at 11 percent.

Actually, if you wanted to count "undecided" as a candidate, it would take third place, as 12 percent of the 600 Florida Republicans surveyed don't know who they want their party's presidential candidate to be.

Behind the third-place Gingrich, Perry polled at 5 percent, Rep. Ron Paul at 4 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann at 3 percent, and the rest of the field registered 1 percent or less.

The Tea Party supporters who responded to the survey -- who accounted for 55 percent of the 600 people -- liked Cain even more.

Forty-three percent of Tea Party people went for Cain, with Romney and Gingrich trailing at 19 and 12 percent, respectively.

The 4 percent of the Republican voters who identified themselves as "independents" also went for Cain at 35 percent, with 34 percent undecided and 19 percent for Romney.

American Research Group's previous poll of Florida Republicans, taken in July, was extremely different from the latest results. Then, Perry was leading the field at 16 percent, followed by Romney and Bachmann at 15 percent and Sarah Palin -- who never even said she was running for president -- at 13 percent. Cain trailed the four of them at 11 percent in that survey.

Click here to see the survey results and here for our taste-test of Herman Cain's ex-pizza.

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