Cain-Newt-Romney all tied up, per latest CBS poll, with Cain at 18, and Newt/Romney at 15:

In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support continues to slowly grow, and he is now tied with Mitt Romney for second place, while Herman Cain just edges both of them out for the top spot. Both Cain and Romney have lost support since late October.

In a new CBS News Poll, 61 percent of Republican primary voters say the sexual harassment accusations against Cain won’t make any difference in their vote, but 30 percent say the charges make them less likely to back him, and that
rises to 38 percent among women. Cain has lost support among women since last month – from 28 percent in October to 15 percent now. He has lost ground with conservatives and Tea Party supporters as well.

But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to say for sure which candidate they will support.

Of course, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ve heard (to the chagrin of some of you) of Newt’s rise for almost two months now.  This is another of the reasons why he is resonating with the electorate desperate for a not-Romney who has the complete package of experience, conservative credentials, and delivery, and that word I hate, “gravitas”:

A woman in the Frank Luntz focus group after the CNBC debate Wednesday said (at 3.24) “I want him to take on President Obama just like he took on the media.”

No one else yet has shown that ability so far.