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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soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Penobscot

    The only people that vote in straw polls are people who don't have anything else to do.

    October 16, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  2. NoTax

    tea party for blacks

    October 16, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. getu

    good for him, the radical candidate

    October 16, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  4. XWngLady

    Tea Partiers are so transparent. If you think that this in any way erases all of the slurs and epitaphs that have been hurled at Pres. Obama and AA members of Congress, you have another thing coming. We haven't forgotten the mon-key pic , pim-p/pr0sti+ute pic or Afric@n witc h doctor pics and more that Tea Partiers/Republicans were so eager to share. We haven't forgotten the n00ses being faxed to Congressmen and them being spat upon by Tea partiers. We understand that as long as Mr. Cain is willing to play the fool, then you'll let him....but this does not and will never absolve the tea party from its many foiables, including allowing and defending a speaker (Tancredo) at their national conference to say that people who voted for Pres. Obama either didn't know how to spell vote or know how to say it in English!!!!! But "the Tea Party is not racist. Look at Herman Cain"....Rrrrrrright.

    October 16, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  5. Pinero

    McCain sorry I mean Cain is not going to win the nomination. I know that and you know that too. if not, then go see a doctor tomorrow and get your head check.

    October 16, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. Name king

    Aaahhh hell the tea baggers are really right winged for real. I guest there will be more wage desparency if this loon or any other tea bagger take over the presidency.

    October 16, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The Tea Party is so extremist, they haven't really done the numbers on his plan. They really need to do that.

    October 16, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  8. T in Dallas

    I smell a rat. This uncle tom is being led by some powerful organization. There is no way in heck Cain will get the GOP nomination. Who's propping him up financially to stay in this race...follow the money you find the rats!

    October 16, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  9. Larry L

    His 999 plan says it all. It won't raise the money, it hurts the poor, and it's a gift to the rich. They've actually found an ignorant redneck dressed up like an African American who can't make good pizza.

    October 16, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  10. Curtis

    Just 200 tea partiers? Of course we'd expect these results.

    October 16, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  11. LibertyGirl74

    Your math doesn't add up. Who got the other 16.5% that you aren't reporting?

    October 16, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  12. James B

    Two hundred votes in total and Cain received 110 and this passes for!

    October 16, 2011 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  13. truthspeaks

    So Who Cares? You CNN wont saying and wont or mention when Ron Paul Wins but you will when Cain does win? oh i guess Cain won in South Carolina by busing in his supporters, and you claim he won a huge morale booster? lol what a good laugh, i call this double standards.

    October 16, 2011 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  14. Jack

    Let's look at the frontrunners for the GOP nomination:

    Mitt Romney, Business career, one term Massachusetts governor (only avoided being last in job creation due to Katrina obliterating Louisiana, as one CNN article pointed out).

    Herman Cain, Business career, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

    Now let's look at a candidate who is currently DEAD LAST in the polls:

    Jon Huntsman, Served in the administration of four separate presidents (Reagan, H.W. Bush, W. Bush, Obama) in commerce and foreign relations and was the youngest ambassador in 100 years (ambassador to Singapore, Indonesia, and China), two term governor of Utah (beloved in his own state, won reelection with 77% of the vote, left office with approval ratings of 80%), Business career

    Am I missing something here?

    October 16, 2011 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  15. Drake in Vancouver

    Herman Cain is following the same track as Sarah Palin. He is in it for the publicity, fame and promoting his book. Most of his policies are unworkable and his calculations are unrealistic.

    October 16, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  16. 100% ETH

    Good, at least he painted his body black Tinted.

    October 16, 2011 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    CNN, quit trying to ram the Teabagger Party down our throats. That regressive party has a national approval rating of 27%. And is sinking like a cement block when more people are waking up to the fact that they are an astroturf group of domestic terrorists. If Cain's asinine comments and corporate welfare 9-9-9 program don't sink him, hitching his wagon to that party of anti-Americans most certainly will.

    October 16, 2011 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  18. John

    Former Treasury hands Gary and Aldona Robbins priced out the Cain plan on a static basis and discovered it to be revenue neutral.

    According to former Reagan Treasury official Gary Robbins, of Fiscal Associates, the 9-9-9 Plan will expand GDP by $2 trillion, create 6 million new jobs, increase business investment by one third, and increase wages by 10%.

    Former economic advisor to President Reagan Art Laffer has enthusiasticaly endorsed 9/9/9. And Paul Ryan embraced the plan calling it a bold step forward.

    Club for Growth supports Herman Cain's '9-9-9' tax plan saying it would pave the way to an economic boom.

    October 16, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  19. FM

    This man 999 has his tongue coated with sugar. This is exactly what President Obama did in 2008. In politics, if you are good in convincing people you will always emerge as a winner. The man knows exactly what to sell to people, and he is cock sure they will buy it, and they do!

    October 16, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. ST

    Though am not a fan of Herb Cain, but man, what an excitement??? Sometimes I do not believe what I see/hear. To be frank, the Tea Party full of white people seem not to care about someone's color of skin. This is quite something. It excites me, it excites you, it excites everybody I reckon!

    October 16, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  21. Clwyd

    I just heard Cain tell an audience that he was an ordained minister! Just what we need a minister bought by the Koch Brothers to run a Theocracy, along with his 666 plan to make the Koch Brothers even richer!

    October 16, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  22. Jgi

    Another article on this poll with no official source.... its funny how a "Tea Party" poll can actually leave Ron Paul off a ballot and/or all you reporters can report the same CNN blog and not be able to add your results above and tell us where the missing 16% is

    October 16, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  23. REG in AZ

    “9, 9, 9” is just another con aimed to greatly benefit the few. In actuality it would add millions to the ranks of the poor, devastate consumer spending, drastically negatively impact the economy and penalize the middle class, all while making the wealthy wealthier. It is a devil’s proposal that should be garbaged right next to privatizing Social Security (which would have been the antecedent to doing away with Social Security by ultimately rolling the private accounts into 401ks). The deception behind these extreme proposals is disgusting and actually even criminal as they are intended to benefit only the very few and are offered without any conscience for the impact on the majority. To give them any credit is ridiculous and scary.

    October 16, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Was this poll taken in a psych ward? I guess SC is close enough.

    October 16, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. hopeismyname

    Just read an interesting article about Mr. Cain's ties to the Koch brothers and their groups.....makes everything clear now.

    October 16, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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