The Washington Times - October 4, 2011, 07:20AM

A new national poll out this morning shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain headed in opposite directions in the presidential race.

The Washington Post-ABC news poll of 1,002 random adults also showed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has recaptured the top spot in the race with 25 percent of respondents backing him, roughly two months after Mr. Perry entered the race and grabbed the lead in most national polls.


Mr. Perry and Mr. Cain, meanwhile, are neck-and-neck at 16 percent. For Mr. Perry, that represents a 13-point slip from the same poll in September, while Mr. Cain has climbed 12-points — a result that follows the Texan’s at times shaky performances in nationally televised debates and the former Godfather Pizza CEO’s surprise victory in a Florida straw poll last month.

The poll puts Texas Rep. Ron Paul hovering around 11 percent, while Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are tied at 7 percent.