It’s amazing what a couple of mediocre debate performances can do to a guy. And I’m talking about both Perry and Cain.

From Rasmussen:

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%. Congressman Ron Paul is a distant third at 10% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 9%, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann at 8%, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at 7%. The sixth place finish for Perry is a sharp decline from early September when Perry was the frontrunner both nationally and in Iowa. (To see survey question wording, click here).

The numbers from September’s Rasmussen poll? Perry 29%, Bachmann 18%, Romney 17%, Paul 14%, Rick Santorum 4%, Herman Cain 4%, Jon Huntsman 3%, Newt Gingrich 2%.

That’s right, Cain and Perry pretty much switched places.

Why? I have no idea. Well, accept that Cain won that Florida straw poll over Perry and made national headlines because the media didn’t think it was going to happen. Why? Because they weren’t paying attention? Or they just wanted to hammer Perry over his first debate performance? Who knows.

Either way, Herman Cain has been the benefactor of all of the negative Perry coverage…not Romney.

More as it develops…

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