Once a long shot, Cain's surge continues
October 15th, 2011
11:35 AM ET
11 years ago

Once a long shot, Cain's surge continues

Washington (CNN) - As the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has come into sharper focus, an unlikely figure has emerged - former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

A CNN poll of polls indicates that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is on top of the GOP field of candidates at 23%, and Cain is just three points behind. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was a front-runner in the national polls from late August through much of September, trails Cain at 14%. The CNN poll of polls is an average of the latest four national surveys in the GOP race. It was compiled and released Thursday,


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Other than 999, Herb isn't saying much, and that has been helping him.

    October 15, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    From Associated Press
    “On Friday night Cain, who is African-American, drew about 2,000 people — some in workshirts and overalls and nearly all white — to a feed barn in rural Waverly, Tenn..”

    That is the good news for Herman Cain campaign real voters they don’t miss single election
    CNN and MSNBC try to knock him out. Saying his 9-9-9 won’t work and he didn’t raise enough money compare Mitt Romney and Rick Perry

    October 15, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Ben

    Either one Cain or Mitt! Either is better than the current idiot!
    Former Obama supporter-my apologies to the american people for my effort in putting inexperienced Obama in office.

    October 15, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    vic, will you only believe 999 won't work when Gretchen Carlson says it won't?

    October 15, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Thad

    Herman Cain gets the repub nod it will start a race war. I bet ya that

    October 15, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Name Jeremy@Dallas

    This 999 will turn into 666 pretty soon. We are giving Obama free pass by nominating Cain. This is a fact.

    October 15, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |

    Romney will bring jobs with the 2012 victory-
    I own a small business and i really dont look forward to another Obama term
    SO i am asking all to support Romney Cain or anyone but Obama.

    October 15, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Larry Motsinger

    Herman Cain is the Huckabeee of 2012. Both came from humble beginnings and went from second tier candidates to top tier candidates without the support of big money. Both are very likable and have a good sense of humor. Cain's rise in the polls proves that message is more important than money. A good messenger don't hurt either

    October 15, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Chipster

    Cain tells blacks that they are brainwashed. He claims that they have higher unemployment because they don't want to work. And now he wants to, condescendingly, talk down to them for not supporting him because THEY are being racist? I don't think Cain is lying – I just think he's about as dead wrong as any politician or pizza baron can be. Has he mentioned how he plans to stimulate the economy or encourage American industries to bring their manufacturing BACK TO THE USA?! I didn't think so.

    Talk down to voters some more, Mr. Cain, and see how much support you get out of looking down your nose at the working class folk regardless of race, religion or gender.

    October 15, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. xy55

    Well,... pizza for everyone!

    October 15, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Once a long shot, Cain's surge continues
    But that is only ONE side of the spectrum – that has an opinion
    The more he gets “exposed” – to the majority that really matters
    He will fall flat on his face and the RIGHT – will serve him on a platter

    In order for him to WIN this general – He needs MY vote and maybe yours
    The problem with that, however – he threw most of us out the door
    You can’t call those you need – “brainwashed” or even “lazy”
    He blew it by making us all ONE – So to ask for MY VOTE, he must be CRAZY!!

    Obama 2012

    October 15, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Len

    Mr. Cain is using the political process of running for President as his campaign to land a corporate level job. He is pandering to corporate fat cats. The Koch brothers should be interested being that Mr. Cain is willing to do anything for a buck. Oh wait, perhaps he is already in their employment! Mr. Cain would be a perfect manager for the company store.

    October 15, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |