Herman Cain Surges in Polls: Should GOP Candidates Be Scared?

Herman Cain Meets With Donald Trump In New York Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to the media outside of Trump Towers before a scheduled appearance with real estate mogul Donald Trump on October 3, 2011 in New York City. Cain, a fiscal and social conservative, won a recent Florida straw poll of Republican candidates. (Getty Images)more pics » Herman Cain (Getty Images) It's time for anyone who still thinks Herman Cain is a joke to stop laughing. The dark horse GOP candidate is surging ahead of his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls in two recent polls that show he does indeed pose a serious threat to their campaigns.

A poll conducted by NBC/Wall Street Journal shows him leading the pack (Even Mitt Romney!) with 27% of voters. Meanwhile another poll conducted by Ipsos/Reuters shows him just behind Romney with 19% of the vote. Those numbers are a testament to Cain's charismatic showing in the race so far. The gifted public speaker has breezed through debates and campaign appearances thanks to his wit and charm.

However these new poll numbers will likely make him a target for the other candidates, who should find it all-too-easy to poke holes in his 9-9-9 tax plan. On Tuesday night Michele Bachmann sniped at the proposed tax plan during a roundtable debate at Dartmouth.

“When you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil is in the details," she said.

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