Over the weekend a new poll conducted by The Des Moines Register found Newt Gingrich in the lead, with the support of 25 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. The poll was conducted before Herman Cain suspended his candidacy on Saturday, and it gave stark evidence of the former Godfather CEO's fall from favor: Cain was tied with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for last place. With Cain’s campaign on hold, and the Iowa Caucus just a month away, Republican presidential candidates are competing for the backing of his former supporters.
Conventional wisdom has Gingrich as the main beneficiary of Cain's suspension, but there's more to the story. Anna Sale, political reporter for WNYC and its political website, It's a Free Country, saw Gingrich in action at a tea party town hall in Staten Island this weekend.
Also joining the program is Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush.