10 Election Things You Need To Know Today

11/17/2011 08:04 am ET | Updated Jul 29, 2013

Want to know what's happening on the campaign trail? Who's up and who's down in the polls? Where you can meet the candidates in person? Here you go:

* POLITICS AND PIZZA: Allegations of sexual harassment have been affecting Herman Cain's campaign for several weeks. Now, those claims are affecting the public's perception of the fast food chain he once led. According to daily tracking interviews by YouGov Brandindex, Republicans rated Godfather's Pizza about twice as positively as they had before. Independents remained neutral, and Democrats felt slightly more negative about the brand. Cain will try to give his campaign a much-needed boost at a rally in Nashua, N.H., today. (The New York Times)

* LESSON LEARNED: After Cain's disastrous interview with editors of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the campaign has decided that no cameras will be present when the presidential hopeful sits down today with the New Hampshire Union Leader's editorial board. (First Read)

* ATTACK OBAMA: That appears to be Texas Gov. Rick Perry's new strategy to get back in the game after his now-famous oops at the CNBC debate a week ago. Last night, while talking to Fox News host Sean Hannity, Perry blasted the president's upbringing and his inability to accept responsibility. (The Huffington Post)

* LAZY AD: In an effort to win some votes in Iowa, the Perry campaign also released a 30-second television advertisement that claims Obama was calling Americans lazy during his meeting last Saturday with CEOs in Honolulu. Obama was actually describing the actions of the American government and business sector. The ad will run on national cable news outlets and on broadcast channels in Iowa. (Perry for President)

* CALI GOP DIG ROMNEY: Even as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney struggles to woo the Republican Party's most conservative voters, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows he's found some footing in California. Romney is the clear front-runner among California Republicans, followed by Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (Los Angeles Times)

* NEWT PULLS AHEAD: A new survey from Fox News tells a different story. For the first time, Republicans who were polled nationwide gave Gingrich a slim lead over Romney. In late October, Gingrich was only polling at 12 percent. Today he will try to firm up that surge by participating in a town hall hosted by the First Coast Tea Party in Jacksonville, Fla. (Chicago Tribune)

* BLASTING GINGRICH: Upon hearing the news that Gingrich was paid more than a million dollars to lobby for mortgage giant Freddie Mac -- a claim he denies -- fellow Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) went on the attack. "Whether former Speaker Gingrich made $300,000 or whether he made $2 million, the point is that he took money to also influence senior Republicans to be favorable toward Fannie and Freddie," Bachmann said. She will try to try to regain her footing in the polls today by holding a town hall at Drake University in Des Moines. (Political Ticker)

* ROTTING FISH: Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, called for President Obama's defeat next year for failing to delver on his promises to fix the economy. During a speech at the University of Chicago, Priebus said: "Listen, a fish rots at the head. There's someone in charge of this country that promised a whole heck of a lot four years ago, right? He did it in a bigger way and it didn't work out. Everything's worse. You can get into, you want to argue all of the details, but everything is worse." (Chicago Tribune)

* REPRESENTING THE U.S.: As the 2012 campaign gears up for Obama, he's busy traveling to Asia. This morning, the White House announced trade deals worth more than $25 billion with East Asian partners, including the sale of Boeing 737s and General Electric engines. (The Associated Press)

* LOOMING OVER THE WHOLE CAMPAIGN: The U.S. national debt has officially surpassed $15 trillion. (Political Wire)

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