With the Republican Presidential nomination voting process to begin in just a few weeks, news regarding the dropping out of one of the seven candidates will surely change the game. Recent events challenged Cain, until he said he had enough. Herman Cain dropped out of the presidential race.
On Saturday, in Atlanta, Herman Cain announced the official end of quite an impressive campaign and the beginning of a new project, called The Cain Solutions. With his wife Gloria by his side, Cain once again condemned the sexual harassment and affair allegations as being “false and unproven” and hurtful to his family.
Because the allegations were shifting focus from his message and affecting his family, particularly his wife, Cain decided: “as of today, with a lot of prayer and soul-searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family”.
400 supporters participated at Cain’s news conference on Saturday. The announcement disappointed and confused some of them. Janet Edwards, 52, said: “I don’t know where I will go now, I guess I have to start looking at the rest of them”.
The last bitter news for Cain was last week’s media coverage regarding a woman called Ginger White who said she had an affair with the businessman for about 13 years. In the beginning, Cain dismissed the allegations, saying Ginger White was just a “troubled Atlanta businesswoman”, whom he tried to help.
Obviously, with Cain out of the race, the other 6 candidates now stand a chance to increase their popularity. Frontrunner Mitt Romney has had some challenges trying to beat Cain in polls a few weeks ago, but he is now distancing himself from the other candidates by a significant difference.
A Des Moines Register poll, released Friday, revealed that Cain’s support was dropping, with only 8 percent support in Iowa, a significant plunge from 23 percent one month ago. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week showed that Gingrich and Romney would benefit most of Cain’s dropout.
According to polls and analysts, so far, Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker, has been benefiting the most from Cain’s troubles. Gingrich talked about the businessman’s campaign at a tea party rally in Staten Island:
“He had the courage to launch the 9-9-9 plan, which, whether you liked it or disliked it, was a big idea and started to elevate the debate toward big solutions, and not the usual nitpicking, consultant-driven negativity”.
Although, the rest of the Republican candidates are likely to try and use Cain’s decision in their own benefit. The truth is that Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann could really use a boost in polls.