Matt Towery
ATLANTA -- A new Poll Position national survey taken right after Herman Cain's press conference to deny sexual harassment charges shows Cain still clinging to a lead, but with Newt Gingrich charging towards the top, statistically tied with Mitt Romney and within points of Cain.

Sometimes the liberal elite media can turn entrepreneurial. That's the case with former longtime CNN president for newsgathering worldwide, Eason Jordan. I know Jordan, and he would flinch at the idea that he is a "liberal news elite." And in fact, in watching him create a new polling firm that polls nationally every night of the week, and in lending him a helping hand, I can attest that his group is bending over backward to be fair and accurate. For fun, visit their website at It's not just politics, and it sure beats the old fashioned tried-and-true version of polling that my company and others like it do -- at least in volume and presentation.

So I was not shocked when Jordan's poll showed Herman Cain still in the lead after his defiant press conference on Tuesday of this week. But I was also not shocked to see the race narrowing. The poll showed Cain in first place among likely Republican primary and caucus voters nationwide. He was at 24 percent. But right behind Cain were Romney and Gingrich, both statistically tied at 20 percent each.

This might be bad news for Cain if his numbers slip below that of Romney or Gingrich. The poll was taken immediately before Atlanta attorney Lin Wood took apart the case of famed buttinski defender of all things female, attorney Gloria Allred, and that of her client. Allred's a real charmer. Back in 1998, I appeared on the old program "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher." My book was titled "Powerchicks: How Woman Will Dominate America." At the end of the show, Bill asked the panel, "What do we think of this title?" Everyone said they liked it except Allred, who had to get in something like, "It's demeaning to women." Of course, after the show she told me she liked the book, but just had to get that in ... lovely.

The problem for Cain is that a GOP campaign, not the Democrats, has invaded the typical Democratic liberal press and accompanying group of players (such as Allred) in order to destroy Herman Cain. Why, you might ask. Because Cain is taking up too much "political oxygen," forcing bigger names to stay stuck in the polls and unable to turn their more moderate position into true conservative ones.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery