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 say that Cain should endorse Gary Johnson if he is still in the race. That would certainly change things and make it more fun. I don't think that Cain would endorse Johnson, Paul, Huntsman or Bachmann. I think that it would most likely be Gingrich, Romney or Santorum.
Ron Paul is the Greatest
End the lunacy, vote for RON PAUL.
Ron Paul is NOT a FORMER Congressman from Texas. He's proudly a current Congressman. Please fix this CNN. Thanks!
Gingrich must be a bitter pill to swallow...even for the most conservative. Especially for the evangelical conservatives. I guess that means they won't vote for him then? The Devil and the cultist. I guess many hate Obama so much (for some reason provided by Fox 'n Rush) that they will sell their souls to vote out Obama and deal with what follows. At least Cain was interesting. Dr Paul is somewhat interesting. Romney is interesting. Gingrich is nefarious. What a cast.
You would think the supporters next hero would be Sandusky.
When they see in Newt's closet, and see all the filth in there, he can't be far behind Cain.
omg omg .... PAUL! Please all that is good, all that is great... Let this man have a SHOT at it... He is amazing. No more BS.... Lets reform and get rid of a LOT of government. Paul is the only way.. If not... Lets just riot in the streets... its coming... unless LESS becomes MORE.
One down and four more to go...
Who could even back Cain after his double talking baloney, the guy is a mess.
Ron Paul 2012
At least Dr Paul will end the wars and hopefully change our terrible foreign policy. Then there's the Federal Reserve, ex Goldman Sachs employees that use our taxes to guarantee their gambling habits. Enough is enough. I hope moderates and Independents get behind him, don't be mislead by the current Palinization of the Tea Party or Faux News. More of our country's fighting men & women support him than any other politician!
We have tried a rookie politicians hope and change thing,this time we are going with a world of experience and a take no prisoners type of guy. GO NEWT.
Newt is a moron and does not deserve to be POTUS. Ron Paul has some good ideas and is an outsider but has no credibility on the world stage. Romney is the only option for the repubs. Romney is the only candidate that has a legitimate shot at winning and being a good President. He is smart, has good ideas and knows how to lead. I think those are the qualities we need in washington during these times. We don't need another loud mouth moron that shoots from the hip but apparently thats the only type of candidate the repubs will vote for. sad!
Ron Paul. I don't like Republicans, but he's not a normal Republican. Obama turned out to be a warmonger, and his support for the patriot act and torture make him no better than Bush, whom we all hated. I'm temporarily registering Republican for the primaries so I can vote for Ron Paul.
Gingrich is so similar in flip flopping to romney except he has baggage of being fined by the house ethics committee in the 90's for many egregious actions. However, Romney is no gem either.
It's Ron Paul or not at all. well that's a lie, it's ron paul (I will write him in if I have too).
And in case your wondering you wouldn't be losing a vote for the R's I voted for the big O last time around. never again will I be so careless with my vote for any political party.
The Repub Party appears hell-bent on delivering another replica of GW Bush onto the national scene in the form of Newt Gingrich. Obama is on his knees praying this will happen. Newt, with all his baggage, will be a piece of cake.
We need Ron Paul as President.
Bout time you went away . Besides Obama , Paul is the only one for we the people . It's a new era , lets make some real change here for all the people .
Twelve months is a long time to have your message out in public and open to vetting or attacks. Once you stake out your ground, you can't move or your are labeled a 'flip flopper' or 'waffler' while the other candidates can re-tailor their messages around feedback from focus groups. Distract, delay, and reformulate until the last possible moment. Kind of like bidding on Ebay. Don't show your hand too soon or you will get outbid or out maneuvered. Newt? Nah. Paul? Don't think so. Pery? No way! Mitt? The party faithful hope not because he isn't 'strong enough'. Might Karl endorse Sarah at some point? Or Sarah endorses Santorum and he then picks her for VP or State? Focus groups would be the business to be in right now.
Do people realize that Newt will not bring about enough reforms to actually make a difference. The part in the article that read " State Rep. Sam Cataldo said he would support Gingrich. "He knows Washington. That's a really important thing," Cataldo said." Means that Newt knows what special interests have the money, he knows how to get it, and he knows how to spread it to his friends who helped him become president.
Indoctrinated sheep is looking at Newt Gingrich, who himself admitted that those who profited from government and corrupt environment should be in prison.
Instead of prison, indoctrinated sheep wants to anoint him as GOP nominee.
No wonder GOP is in free fall.
How sad....Republicans have no one credible or even a single person who has an ounce of character, integrity, or honesty, Republicans have betrayed the American People and we need to to show them we are still what this nation was founded for and by. No more Republicans in 2012 – none in the House, Senate on any local, state, or national level.
Ron Paul has been in congress for 24 years and he's termed an "outsider" ??
Say no to the corrupt, hipocritical and flip flopper Newt Gettingrich.
Glad You dropped out now leave Obama alone
May the best man win