Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in the Republican Pary presidential race a new national poll.
Gingrich is at 28 percent in a poll released today by Public Policy Polling. Herman Cain, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in several recent polls, was second in today’s PPP release at 25 percent. Mitt Romney stood at third with 18 percent.
Nobody in the rest of the field is in double digits – with Rick Perry at 6 percent, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5 percent, and Jon Huntsman at 3 percent.
The trend in the PPP numbers has Gingrich up 13 points over the October PPP poll, with Cain down five points and Romney down four points.
Cain has been wounded somewhat by lingering questions over allegations of sexual harassment leveled by former employees at the National Restaurant Association, while Gingrich has seen an upswing in his favorability from June numbers that had him at a -13 net favorability rating (36 percent of voters expressing a favorable view, 49 percent expressing an unfavorable view) to a +45 net favorability (68 percent favorable, 23 percent unfavorable).