Herman Cain for U.S. Senate!

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Dec. 4 2012 11:38 AM

Herman Cain for U.S. Senate!

Public Policy Polling has returned to the hell-raising game, taking the temperature of Georgia's Republican voters as they decide whether to give Sen. Saxby Chambliss another term. They're conflicted.

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They're actually ready to give a fallen hero another chance.

By far and away the Republican who would pose the greatest threat to Chambliss in a primary, if he changed his mind about running, is Herman Cain. Cain would lead Chambliss 50-36 in a hypothetical match up. Cain has a 68/20 favorability rating with GOP primary voters, which compares quite favorably to Chambliss' 45/36 approval spread. Other long shot candidates we tested against Chambliss were Allen West, who trails 47/26, and Erick Erickson who trails 51/22.

Cain ran for U.S. Senate in 2004, coming in second to then-Rep. Johnny Isakson, who easily locked up establishment support. That primary was the only election in which Cain stuck it through to the end, and got some number of votes.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics