The Washington Times - May 24, 2011, 12:58AM

Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain star meter is rising among the field of GOP presidential primary candidates undeclared Republicans. According to the latest Zogby Poll, Mr. Cain has passed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:

Herman Cain leads Chris Christie as the top choice of Republican primary voters in the race for the 2012 Presidential nomination. Among all voters, no one in a list of 13 possible GOP candidates leads President Barack Obama. However, less than half of voters (42%) say Obama deserves re-election.

The results of a new IBOPE Zogby Interactive poll, conducted from May 20-23, show Cain, a businessman and radio talk show host who drew attention at the first party Presidential debate early this month, as the choice of 19% of GOP primary voters. Christie, the New Jersey Governor who led in our four previous polls, is second with 16%, followed by Mitt Romney in third with 11%.

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This is indeed an amazing feat for the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, who many never heard of until he emerged from the South Carolina GOP debate as the Luntz poll group’s winner. Mr. Cain still needs to convince the general public that he can beat President Barack Obama. Zogby reports, “Christie does best in a match-up with Obama, but trails, 45%-44%. Obama leads both Romney and Tim Pawlenty by 45%-40%. Obama is ahead of Cain, 46%-38%.”

However, Mr. Cain is well on his way to show the United States he is indeed a serious candidate. The poll, in fact, shows Mr. Cain is polling outstandingly with tea party voters leading the pack and edging out Mr. Christie 25% to 18%.