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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Cain Train on Track

It's springtime for Herman Cain.

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, speaking at the Howard County Lincoln Day dinner Friday night, offered no specifics about what he would do if elected the nation's leader, but he didn't need to.

Cain, 65, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, a cancer survivor and an Atlanta radio talk-show host, got a sustained standing ovation, punctuated by loud cheers, from more than 300 people at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City just for entering the room.

Some attendees confessed privately they had only recently heard of Cain, but the party faithful seemed to like his rebellious, Tea Party-style rhetoric and his disdain for mainstream Republicans.

Politico reports:

Georgia has two favorite sons in the race for the Republican nomination in 2012, but according to a new poll of Georgia voters, Herman Cain is more of favorite than Newt Gingrich — by a 2-1 margin.

In an InsiderAdvantage/WSB-TV poll released today, the Atlanta businessman is way ahead of the former House speaker.

Cain leads the 2012 GOP pack in Georgia with 26 percent of the vote. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, in second place, has 13 percent support. Gingrich is in third place with 12 percent.

ABC News’s Huma Khan reports:

Former pizza chain head turned presidential contender Herman Cain today expressed confidence that he’ll have enough money and support to challenge Republican establishment favorites in a presidential primary, even though he’s never run a campaign before and doesn’t have much money in his PAC.

“If you can build an organization to raise money, it’s called a business. You can build a campaign organization. We do have an organization,”Cain said on "Top Line" today.

The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza said his PAC “went dormant” in December, but that his campaign is moving along just fine.