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. wilson here is where you get on board the cain train and raise some cain
    thanks wilson

    October 15, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Insight

    Cain In the Old Testament, the eldest son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy and was condemned to be a fugitive. Is it the definition for conservative?

    October 15, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Vote RON PAUL. The only true American Patriot running for the spot!

    October 15, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. John S Jones

    South Carolinian's, as a right to work state, don't you realize you are lagging far behind most states in wages and benefits? Can you really afford a republican tea party rule that promises more of the same? Are gas, groceries, and housing really that much cheaper there? Or are you just content to keep renting from rich republicans, and continue buying groceries from their stores? Vote Democrat.

    October 15, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. HenryB

    No way, no how, will Herman Cain become president. If he gets past the Republican primaries, all the tough language he used to get there will come back to haunt him. Trust me.

    October 15, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Ryan NY

    Ron Paul 2012! The choice of We the People (at least the educated ones). My vote goes to the man Thomas Jefferson would vote for!

    October 15, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Rudy Gonzales

    This is the surging Terroristic Economic Antagonist(TEA) party throwing Cain to the wolves, because Cain has his 9-9-9 plan which has no chance in hell of making it to law! Voter ploys are in the flux to counter the "Occupy Wall Street" doings now which has crossed the oceans! Do not short circuit any chances of the Taxation Eradication Anarchists(TEA) as they have challenged all across the nation many elected positions including John Boehner! The "Occupy Wall Street" bunch is bringing attention to the actions of those on Wall Street, Big Banks, Mortgage houses and Washington, D.C.

    October 15, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Ron in California

    You've gotta love it! The left wing and it's media flunkies have called the Tea Party racist since the beginning. confusing the Tea aparty's dislike of Obama's policies with racism. If you haven't noticed left wingers......Cain is a Black American. He has the support of the Tea Party because of his polices and positions. I believe and have so for quite some time that those on the Left are very racist. They are proving it by some of the things they are saying about Mr. Cain. Obama was not ready to be President and his record shows it. He can't even lead his own party.

    October 15, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. John

    GOP likes tax increases on the poor and middle class. That is the 9,9,9 plan offered by Cain....

    October 15, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. JPNAmerican

    I give this guy credit. You would think someone that canceled on Stephen Colbert twice would have committed career suicide especially in his home state.

    October 15, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Shannon

    The Tea Party shows time and time again, that they just aren't very smart!

    October 15, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. dave

    As a 1 percenter, Herman Cain scares me more than the Occupy Wall Street people.

    October 15, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. Debbie

    So let me get this straight. The TEAParty that is anti-tax are going to vote for an ex-Federal Reserve guy who is promoting a VAT (Value Added TAX) beginning at 9%!?!? The TEAParty is voting for a new tax? 9%VAT + 10% State Tax = 19% TAX!

    October 15, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Chipster

    Cain's 9-9-9 plan eliminates taxes for investment earnings and Capital Gains. That means the wealthiest people in the country will have the privilege of paying no income tax at all on interest on the money they earn buying & selling property, Certificates of Deposit, stock trades, etc. Because the middle class and poor spend most of their money on food, fuel, shelter, clothes and other taxable expenditures, they will be taxed on a much higher percentage of their income simply because they don't have enough disposable income to invest, trade stocks, or profit from interest earnings.

    Cain's plan is a regressive tax that places the heaviest tax burden on the middle class and poor. Don't vote against your own best interest!

    October 15, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. IVOTE

    This has become clear as a sunny day. It's all about the "Black Vote" See everyone....the GOP (Grand Old Party} is not racist after all." Too funny.

    October 15, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. NT

    200 people out of smaller groups.....hmmm did they pre select these voters,,,,,,,what A JOKE.......TRY AGAIN MEDIA YOU FAIL......

    October 15, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    Republicans have spent the last 4 years – from the time Obama became the Democratic Candidate through right now – mounting disgusting and ugly racist slander of him. Being a community volunteer who worked with poor people was turned by Republicans into being something subversive. They lied about his biirth, his citizenship, his Christianity, and have made constant racist remarks about President Obama. They disrespect the very office of Presidency because Obama is in it. Republicans have done NOTHING for the nation for more than 2 years claiming their "sole goal is to destroy Obama". FOX, the Republican network, intentionally hate mongers and makes up racist lies about Obama.
    Does Herman Cain REALLY think Republicans are going to let a BLACK man be their candidate??? They are using him as a tool to try to fool some black voters. The Tea Party runs the GOP and they are ignorant redneck racists who would NEVER vote for ANY non-white person.
    Sorry Cain – you are in the wrong Party. Democrats welcome and work for ALL Americans. Republicans work for the white, rich, and whoever pays them the most money.

    October 15, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. independent voter

    the racist element in the tea party must be pulling the hair out of their head. rednecks must be going crazy.

    October 15, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. datechguy

    Other than winning Poll after poll what chance does Herman Cain have?

    October 15, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Just saying

    Herman Cain is the republicans Barack Obama.
    Remember.....republicans tried this with Sarah Palin....this was their toy trying to sway voters on the oust of Hillary Clinton....pushed her in our no avail!
    Dems get an African American in the white house, and once again....Herman Cain is their toy to sway voters to oust Barack will not work!

    October 15, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Christine

    He's got my vote.

    October 15, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Cain wins the nomination, he'll lose the general election to Obama because he'll lose some of the conservatives because of the planned increase in taxes that he plans. Many liberal and consumer groups will note that his tax plan increases the load on the lower income populations.

    October 15, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. bretfox

    Herman Cain is the man with the plan. Congratulations for the big win Mr. Cain. We are with you.

    October 15, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    Cain is the ONLY candidate out there that is far-RIGHT!!! This is all that is left with the far-RIGHT part of the Republican party. They will PUSH the moderates out and continue to send a message that they are NOT satisfied with Romney!! They will be stupid enough to force Cain to be the candidate and they will ALL LOSE terribly in the end!!

    This is as good as having Palin or Bachmann winning the nomination – BRING IT ON!!!

    Obama 2012

    October 15, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  25. thomas

    Flash in the pan !

    October 15, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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