Cain wins big in South Carolina tea party straw poll
October 15th, 2011
09:22 PM ET
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Cain wins big in South Carolina tea party straw poll

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Surging Republican presidential contender Herman Cain has picked up another morale booster in the race for the GOP nomination.

The conservative businessman decisively won a tea party straw poll held in Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday afternoon.

Cain captured an eye-popping 55% of the vote. His closest challenger, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, picked up 14.5%. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann garnered 8% to come in third.

The two candidates with the most money in their campaign bank accounts, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, nearly finished at the back of the pack with 3% and 2% respectively. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was last with 1%.

“Very interesting results. Cain is on fire here in S.C. I know it's just a snapshot. But I find these numbers interesting among our crowd,” FreedomWorks organizer Brendan Steinhauser told CNN.

Two hundred conservative activists in 25 separate tea party groups participated in the non-binding voting contest.


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  1. Mark

    I have to admit I am a bit confused with the Ron Paul supporters on here that seem a tad angry. You blame this on the media but the media is NOT the ones voting – why are you not blaming Conservatives, or the Tea Party? While I can find many faults with media coverage, the ugly truth is they are going to focus on the front runners. Personally I'm indifferent to Ron Paul, but supporters need to start putting the blame where it belongs – on their own party.

    October 16, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. jb

    Cain has my vote even though the probably won't win. It's either him, a truly descent man, or a spend, tax and invade clown like Obozo. With his big government, big business and big ego agenda. Other than Newt and Herman, the rest of the GOP is either liberals in drag or complete wacko's. Years ago Ron Paul would have been a good candidate, but now he has moments of being incoherent.

    October 16, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Lenmsith

    9 9 9 make the rich richer and put all the burden on the middle and lower classes of this country. Nothing about him makes any sense or am I just not seeing it correctly?

    October 16, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    It's pretty obvious that these rednecks are loving Herb because he told them that all of those things that they think about black people are true. The proof is in the fact that these Taxed Enough Already people are supporting a guy whose 9-9-9 plan would RAISE their taxes by a whopping 19%! Don't these people have ANY math skills?

    October 16, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Rich

    Dr king would roll over in his grave it he heard this Koch bought "preacher".Just what they need in SC is another born again preacher.
    Being a Dem i am overjoyed in the GOP's choices for pres...LOL:

    October 16, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Rinos for Winos

    Be careful what you ask for... you may get it! If SC is dumb enough to vote for Cain then they get what they deserve. Cainsian economics is like Vodoo economics, it will make money disappear for poor and middle class.

    October 16, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Backed by close friends (the Kochs) this guy will buy Florida from the Shrubs too.

    October 16, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Bob F.

    Good. The more Tea Party support Cain has, the more likely that Obama will sweep a landslide in 2012.

    October 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Terry Gloege

    When are these people going to learn? One would think being manipulated by big money interests was something to be proud of. Dick Armey and the Koch brothers are laughing their butts off.

    October 16, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. us1776

    Cain: 99% will pay more.

    .

    October 16, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. toots

    The older I got the more I tend to lean Republican, but lately, the more the GOP leans Tea Party, the more I run away as fast as I can. The Tea Party is step in the wrong direction for the Republican Party.

    October 16, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Rich

    That 999 tax should go over big with the PA tea boys after Harrisburg already filed chapter 9...

    October 16, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Sorensen

    He knows (or his "advisors" have told him) that his stupid 999 can never work and will never pass anything.
    However, it is a "smart" pizza salesman's way of selling the uneducated electorate a memorable piece of crap.
    Gingrich said he could win. Here is the ultimate kiss of death.
    I wish the rest of the world would never hear about all this. It is too embarrassing.

    October 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    The 999 plan will ADD 9% federal sales tax to your state tax – where I live that would be 15% on every purchase. Do you really expect a Republican to make things fair when they have never done so in the past? Do you really expect such a tax increase to pass? Come on, this is all campaign baloney.

    October 16, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Mike Mc

    Romney can't even beat Cain...heh heh! This is too much fun to watch

    October 16, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Sonnie2

    Herman C is a breath of fresh air as compared to the foul odor coming from the white house today. And that goes for congress also

    October 16, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. gtx333

    All you fine people do realize, we voters don't vote for the president. That is up to the Electrial "College". The state legislaturers determine who will be president. This is a hot air used to make the media rich.

    October 16, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican

    When you go into that voting booth to pull the handle, punch the card, tap the icon think about the consequences not the rhetoric. Everyone of these candidates is beholden to someone – is that someone the kind of person you want to be beholden to? A majority of voters were sold a bill of goods now we have a handful of Tea Party backed congress people who are messing with the entire country. They were elected to create "JOBS" and to help solve our economic troubles, but all they have managed to do is stick their noses into our private lives by trying to pass legislation that is based on social values.

    Not sure about you, but I don't need a politician telling me what my social values or anyone's social values should be.

    Where are the JOBS, JOBS, JOBS you hypocrites promised in 2010?

    As for Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan... suffice it to say he will never be elected president so there will be no 9-9-9 plan. Just another sound bite with grave consequences for the middle-class or what is left of the middle-class. Don't worry about the rich, they're rich and will do just fine can you say the same?

    October 16, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. SL 65 AMG

    Hey to all the whiners on this board, try making your own money instead of complaining about people who do. Life is not fair and it never will be so get over it and make the best of what you have.

    October 16, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. mpoconnor7

    As a resident of South Carolina, I support Herman Cain for President. With our current economic issues, Cain has actual experience as a CEO in the Food industry and he also ran one of the twelve Federal Reserve banks and I think he can get our economy back on track. As for his skin color, it doesn't bother me a bit; Martin Luther King taught us to judge a man not on the color of his skin but on the content of his character. If Herman Cain were blue or purple or green I would still vote for him.

    October 16, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. old Marine

    If the poll consists of the opinion of 200 Tea Party activists, one has to wonder why anyone, including CNN, thinks the results are newsworthy, or that they in any way reflect the electorate

    October 16, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. John Steven

    Ron Paul gets our vote!

    October 16, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Rick in AZ

    What is it about STUPID that attracts Tea-Partiers??

    October 16, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Sachin

    Great! Now all we can do is go ahead and divide black voters! It's quite easy to see this as nothing more than a political stunt.

    October 16, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Alina77

    How can I win the Tea Party ? "No taxes AT ALL". Yea, I won!
    It is no brainier how to win the Tea Party parrots, just play stupid .

    October 16, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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