Whoa! Herman Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll

Straw polls don’t mean anything, of course, unless your candidate wins, then it becomes monumentally important. That’s why this is monumentally important to me.

Fox News reports:

Businessman Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll Saturday, beating Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP presidential frontrunner who just two days earlier delivered a debate performance that was widely panned.

Cain finished with 37 percent of the vote, while Perry trailed with 15 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney followed with 14 percent while former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum drew 11 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul finished with 10.5 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman finished with 2 percent.

 U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the Iowa straw poll in August, finished with just 1 percent of the vote.

Perry, who was expected to finish strong had told the more than 3,000 GOP activists who came from across the state that his rivals made a mistake by skipping the straw poll..

This comes fresh off of a particularly good showing by Cain in  Thursday’s debate. I was wondering when all of his fine debate performances were going to pay off.
Allapundit has more, including the possibility of some skullduggery on the Romney campaign’s behalf:

Here’s what Florida state representative Matt Gaetz tweeted before the vote:

Romney campaign is having their #Presidency5 delegates vote for Cain to skew results. #dirtytricks

If that’s true, and no one knows if it is, then Romney’s supporters might have pushed Mitt to second and Perry all the way down to third simply by sticking with their guy.

Hat tip: Drew at AoSHQ.

See Also:

Hot Air: Video: Where Herman Cain won the debate

Here’s Herman Cain’s speech at The Faith and Freedom Coalition event, held just hours before the the 9/22/11 Republican debate:

Herman Cain is hitting back at Morgan Freeman for calling the Tea Party racist.

The Republican presidential candidate called the Oscar-winning actor’s eyebrow-raising remarks “short-sighted” on Friday.  “Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Partiers about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party,” Cain told Fox News.

Freeman, who endorsed Obama in 2007, created a firestorm when he told CNN’s Piers Morgan earlier this week that conservative opposition to the President has enflamed racism in America. He added the Tea Partiers have the mentality of “Screw the country, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here…It is a racist thing.”

Despite the criticism, Cain said he wasn’t offended by Freeman’s comments.  “Name calling is something that is going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement and this movement is making a big difference in politics,” said Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza

The Other McCain: ORLANDO GOP STRAW POLL RESULTS UPDATE: Herman Cain Beats Rick Perry:

I’m told that people trying to make online donations at Herman Cain’s Web site have reported difficulty getting through because the traffic is so heavy. So while you’re waiting, how about hitting my tip jar instead?

If you’re interested in hearing about the behind the scenes maneuvering that led to this upset, Stacy’s been blogging about Cain, all day. While I was at Oktoberfest, riding the Octopus and eating funnel cake,  he was busy reporting :  CAIN-MANIA IN ORLANDO? UPDATE: 7 Standing Ovations for Cain; Vultures Circle Perry’s ‘Sunshine Special’?

CNN’s political reporter, Peter Hamby, offers his insights on Cain’s big win, today:


16 thoughts on “Whoa! Herman Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll

  1. Herman Cain is my pick at this point too, wondered when he would start to gain traction in all this. But gee, Ru Paul only got 10.5%? Guess all the paulistas didnt show up there to sway the vote. I hate to say it, but the Republican old boy club want Mitt for brains still, followed by Perry as do the MSM. Reading up about Mitt shows him to be a close relative to John McCain in policy.


  2. No, I think a lot of establishment types (including those with big $$$ to put behind a candidate) aren’t happy with any of them. That’s why they’re trying to get Chris Christie in the race.

    But I’m happy with Cain, a true conservative across the board. This is exciting news.


  3. This should send a loud and clear message not just about the presidential race but about what we, the people, want from Congress. If the establishment doesn’t see this for exactly what it is and get on board with the grassroots demand that they go back to their conservative roots, it’s looking increasingly like they’re in for some unhappy moments come November 2012. I don’t think there’s much patience left for flaky faux-dems pretending to be republicans. Not anymore. We’ve had more than our fill of that and look where it’s gotten us.


  4. The media wants this to be a 2-man race. But conservatives are not cooperating with that scenario. I think this election is not going to be like past elections. Republican voters are very carefully vetting these candidates for signs of weakness because we know how important 2012 is. The last man standing isn’t going to be someone the media picked for us, this time.


  5. It’s not just the media who want a two-man race (two men of their choosing), it’s also the GOP establishment. They’re in for a bigger surprise, I think, than even the LSM (whom I suspect are actually more aware of the influence, and to their pea brains “danger,” the TEA Party poses). GOP est. still think they can play that dog-eared, tired progressive we need to sell our souls to the big government devil to get elected playbook. It’s not looking as though that particular playbook is serving them very well.


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  8. Now that I’ve heard a little of Cain’s “9-9-9” tax plan, I’m starting to have second thoughts about him. The last thing we need is for multiple tax bureaucracies to be stealing our money, even if they start by saying “The rates are etched in stone and can never change.”

    That’s what they say about every tax when introduced, but every tax is subject to the politicians whims because they can and do always find “emergencies” to “temporarily” raise those rates “etched in stone.”

    No thank you very much. Get rid of the income tax amendment first, then we can talk about how to structure a new tax.


  9. @Carlos, why have 2nd thoughts about Cain because of his 999 plan? Did you miss the part that he would 1st throw out our current tax code? This means no more IRS. His 999 plan would totally replace our current tax code. Even if you are not in love with the idea, you should love the fact that our new tax code would be simple without the compliance and over sophistication of the IRS system. There are 10’s of thousands of pages of burdensome compliance code that even the IRS doesn’t fully understand. And they are always adding to it. The IRS is a monstrosity and it caters to corruption in Washington. Unlike Romney and other establishment favorites who only want to tinker around the edges of this flawed tax code, Cain wants to throw it out completely. And this is why he trounced both Perry and Romney in the Florida straw poll.


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  12. I need to see the “9-9-9” plan fleshed out, Eugene, including what safeguards there are to prevent, say, the party in power from rewarding major contributors like unions, like what’s being done on a major scale right now.

    That said, I think I’ve been pretty clear that I think Romney is simply a Democrap lite, like GW and McCain, and Perry, a former Democrap, never really left that party.

    Of all the people on the stage Thursday P.M., Cain was one of the two I could support, with Santorum being the other. Neither of those candidates will ever get the support of the RNC or establishment Republicans, and that’s just fine with me because both those groups are Democraps in see-through TEA-party clothing anyway.


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