A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night gives former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a commanding lead with 25 percent support of 401 likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers. Gingrich was followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul who had 18 percent. Mitt Romney was third with 16 percent.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had eight percent support, leaving her position unchanged from the newspaper’s last poll released at the end of October.
Herman Cain also came in with eight percent support of those polled between Nov. 27-30, down from 23 percent in October. Cain announced earlier in the day that he was “suspending” his presidential campaign.
Following Cain’s announcement, Bachmann released a statement crediting the businessman with energizing the conservative movement and wishing Cain and his family well.