(CNN) – Businessman Herman Cain credits his win at the Florida "Presidency 5" straw poll with giving him enough steam to succeed at subsequent straw polls - and pick up additional financial support along the way.
Listing a string of wins including his victory at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver and Florida's "Presidency 5" during a media avail in New Hampshire Wednesday, Cain exclaimed, "There's a theme here, I win!"
And with those wins, he said he's picked up enough of a money boost to ramp up "state strategy" and prepare for upcoming caucuses and primaries.
"We're now going to ramp up...we are ramping up and filling some very valuable positions that we need to fill," Cain said. "The compression of the time leading up to the first caucus and primary and we now have the money to do so."
"It really started with that straw poll in Florida," the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza stated.
Chastising the media for trying to make the race for the 2012 GOP nomination a two-person race, Cain jokingly asked, "What are the rest of us, chopped liver?"
He compared his strategy with that of those two he said were formally at the top of the tier. Claiming that "Perry and Romney spent a lot of money to try and influence that straw poll," Cain said his campaign "got on a bus and went all over" to talk with potential supporters.
"Newt Gingrich thinks it's a two-man race between Gingrich and Cain," he jibed, but the former conservative radio talk show host doesn't agree that it's a two-person race at all.
Instead, he said it is a race the people are going to decide as time goes on.
"We will hire more staff in New Hampshire… we will hire more staff in Iowa...we will need to be more competitive in both states," Cain asserted.
"It may not be possible to overcome [Romney's] big lead, but it may be possible to close the gap."