Perry enjoyed good poll numbers when he entered the race in August, but he has slumped of late, while Cain has surged. Both a Gallup poll released Monday and a new Washington Post/Bloomberg News poll show Cain in second place behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The Gallup poll had Romney at 20 percent support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. The Washington Post/Bloomberg News poll had Romney leading at 24 percent.
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According to MSNBC, the "battle for second position on the polls appears more fluid." In the Gallup poll, Cain surged 5 points from a survey a few weeks ago and sits in second with 18 percent support. Perry came in at 15 percent and third place — down from 31 percent and first place last month. Washington Post/Bloomberg News had Cain at 16 percent and Perry at 13 percent.
Meanwhile, two new polls of New Hampshire, which will hold the nation's first primary, show Romney with a big lead and Cain in second place, according to The Washington Post.
The Republican candidates will meet Tuesday night for a Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican Presidential Debate in Hanover, New Hampshire.