Herman Cain wins Florida GOP straw poll. How big a loss for Rick Perry?
Herman Cain won Saturday's GOP straw poll in Florida by a wide margin, although he's still way behind in national polls. The big loser was Rick Perry, who campaigned hard for the Florida poll as a way to recover from his lackluster debate performance.
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"This is a sign of our growing momentum and my candidacy that cannot be ignored," Cain said after the results had been announced. “I will continue to share my message of 'common sense solutions' across this country and look forward to spending more time in Florida, a critical state for both the nomination and the general election.”
But in national polls, Cain generally remains back in the pack in single digits, and most analysts give him little chance of winning the nomination.
The latest Rasmussen poll gives him just 7 percent; the McClatchy-Marist poll has him at 5 percent, as does the CBS News/New York Times poll of Republican primary voters; the Bloomberg News national poll gives him 4 percent; and the CNN/Opinion Research poll puts Cain at 5 percent.
As reported by Politico.com, here are Saturday’s straw poll results:
A straw poll is being taken this weekend at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan (Romney’s home state). The Values Voter Straw Poll of social conservatives is next month in Washington, and the Illinois Republican Straw Poll is Nov. 5.