The St. Petersburg Times reports:
Fla poll: Romney 28%, Cain 24, Gingrich 10, Perry 9
Debates matter. So did Florida’s straw poll. Just ask two guys: Herman Cain and Rick Perry.
Cain is now running in second place in Florida now that his support surged nearly 19 percentage points after last month’s Republican Party of Florida’s Presidency 5 debate and straw poll, according to a survey of likely Florida voters conducted by Gainesville-based War Room Logistics, which typically polls for Republicans.
Meantime, Perry’s support plummeted nearly 16 percentage points.
Perry had been tied as a Florida frontrunner with Mitt Romney at about 25 percent on Sept. 20, dropped to third/fourth place with 9 percent of the vote where he’s statistically tied with Newt Gingrich (10 percent).
Romney’s support grew a modest 3 percentage points, to 28 percent.
Romney also remains the best general-election candidate against President Obama, according to the poll. Romney trails him 42-48 – the smallest margin. Against all the other Republican candidates, Obama cracks the magic 50 percent threshold.