A relatively small election is getting intense interest in Arizona. It's an election to recall State Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona's strict immigration laws. As NPR's Ted Robbins reports, the recall election is splitting the community along religious as much as political lines.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out this week puts a new name at the top of the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Herman Cain. The poll shows the former head of Godfather's Pizza is at 27 percent, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney just 4 points behind. Cain spoke with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon about his surge to front-runner status.
So far the presidential election is seemingly one endless night of bingeing and purging. One candidate sells like hotcakes for a while, then goes cold as a freezer-burned waffle. What's the deal with the electoral mood swings?
One of the earliest primary states is South Carolina, which holds its primary on Jan 21. South Carolina is a Republican stronghold — with a strongly conservative voting base. A sample of Republican voters tell NPR they favor Herman Cain — and they especially like his 9-9-9 plan.
The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza has risen to the top of the pack in the GOP presidential race. Herman Cain says the substance of his ideas — including his 9-9-9 tax plan — is propelling his surge. But analysts say he doesn't have the field organization that a winning candidate typically has.
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