Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire Republican officials who supported Herman Cain's presidential run began to survey their options Saturday after Cain suspended his efforts, with several state representatives saying their support could go to Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul.
Cain ended his run for the White House on Saturday, saying he would focus instead on his family and on promoting his economic proposals from outside Washington. Cain visited New Hampshire three times over the past four months, and had four paid staffers and two campaign offices in the state.
Many of the legislators who had endorsed Cain in the nation's first primary contest told CNN Saturday that they were disappointed, but said Cain had made the right decision for his wife and children.
"I think he needs to focus on taking care of his family," said State Rep. Mike Ball, who said he is now considering supporting Paul, the Texas congressman, Gingrich, the former House Speaker, or former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
"They all have certain things that recommend them," Ball said. "As Herman Cain liked to say, he was reassessing things, and that's what I'm doing now. I'm reassessing."
State Rep. Sam Cataldo said he would support Gingrich.
"He knows Washington. That's a really important thing," Cataldo said.
Gingrich's experience in Washington, however, was a drawback for State Rep. Kevin Reichard, who said his vote would now go to Paul.
"Newt Gingrich to me is part of the establishment," Reichard said, adding Paul seemed closest to Cain in philosophy. "[Cain] was an outsider and he was a conservative, and Ron Paul seems to fit into that mold."
Cain's most prominent supporter in New Hampshire, former GOP state party chair Jack Kimball, said he would wait to learn who Cain would endorse before making his own decision. Kimball expects Cain's endorsement to come within days.
But some Cain supporters weren't planning to wait, Kimball said. After news broke that a woman told an Atlanta news station she had had a 13-year affair with Cain, Kimball said he heard from several Cain backers who were dropping their support.
"Virtually all of the ones who switched and decided to leave the campaign went to Newt," Kimball said.
One other Cain supporter, State Rep. Steven Smith, said he could not back any candidate other than Cain. He said he was discouraged that every other candidate had discussed passing bills to turn the country around.
"Herman Cain was the only one of the GOP candidates who said, 'you present the idea to the people and they will drive through the change,'" he said.
I'm a military veteran and father. Ron Paul is the only candidate that is anti-bailouts, pro-peace and pro-freedom. The others are neocon war-mongers itching to start another Vietnam in Iraq. We need to protect our great country and youth from war-mongers like Gingrich.
I'm a military veteran and father. Ron Paul is the only candidate that is anti-bailouts, pro-peace and pro-freedom. The others are neocon war-mongers itching to start another Vietnam in Iran. We need to protect our great country and youth from war-mongers like Gingrich.
Well Ollie, he said that "IT JUST DIDN'T HAPPEN".
..Stan, it seems THAT OUR HEADS ARE ABOUT TO EXPLODE.........................KABAMMMM !
(Ollie, have we done this bit before?)
On Gingrich ""He knows Washington. That's a really important thing," Cataldo said."
It's only really important if you want more war and deficit spending. The people Cataldo represents are getting shortchanged.
►Cain backers look to Gingrich, Paul in N.H.◄
Yep, from one CHEATER to the NEXT – GOP fundamentals and values at its best!!!
Congrats to the leftist smear machine. You got the only one who could take the race card away from you. Now we get that tired old narrative again.
I think that Herman Cain supporters are smart enough to know that Ron is the only one left that will fulfill their vision. We welcome all Cain supporters to learn more at http://www.whyronpaul.com
I say that deciding to back out indicates that he is guilty. If he is not guilty, I would have wanted to see him stay a fight.
It looks like it's only Sarah Palin who can stand up to the Left Wing onslaughts. This campaign hasn't even started to get dirty yet. These Conservatives need to man it up and hold their ground. How can a Liberal attack "anyone" for marital indiscretions with the likes of FDR, JFK, John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, etc – now you are talking hypocrasy.
Those "looking" at Newt should look a little deeper...
i am a democrat and i am so happy with who the republicans are running for president. what a bunch of loosers! at least you could have run republicans like dick grassley whom this democrat has a good deal of respect for ! the republican failed ideology of "raeganomics and greed is good and greed built america" now has brought the nuts out.
Cain; taking up space better used for a septic tank.
Looks like the media was too quick to say that if Cain drops out, all his supporters would go to Gingrich.
Most of them will go to Paul. Even the head of the Cain internet forums made a post today saying that he will support Ron Paul and would never consider Newt.
newt and ron paul getting cains support, mmmmmmmmmmm, poor mitt
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There were people in N.H. that supported Cain?!? huh
I hate Obama with a passion, but will sit out if Newt gets it... GOP truly doesn't learn from its McCain stupidity! Newt is more corrupt than Obama!
Newt talks and is a warmonger, so minus him and Romney another. I don't trust either of them for a second. I'm a former democrat who voted for Obama whose now voting Ron Paul.
Let's play musical candidates . . . LOL! The republican party, what happened to you guys? A mere shell with no core only fear and hate keep your gas burner going. Sad affair.
Ron Paul is the clear winner.
90 % will go to Newt Gingrich ,
your talking herd mentality . And Newt has the closes resemblance of a cattle dog.!
The beef industry can become trapped between caring for the group and caring for the individual.
I'm a Republican and I would never vote for Newt or Cain they have both commited Adultry and that tells you the kind of men they are..........
It's scary that us republicans would even consider voting for Newt He is a bad man
Ron Paul IS the Congressman from Texas.... not the FORMER.
Beware voters! Former President Harry S. Truman famously said, “If a man lies to his wife, he will lie to me. And if he’ll break his oath of marriage, he’ll break his oath of office.”
We should be concerned that newt gingrich is a liar and a serial adulterer.
Ron Paul said that "he was sick of the personal attacks on Cain" because the country should be focusing on the issues,even though his policies were 180 degrees from his.Someone has to be the responsible adult here.Stay classy America!