Who is Herman Cain?

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Oct 2011, 6:44 PM EDT Published : Wednesday, 05 Oct 2011, 6:42 PM EDT By…

Georgia (Oct 6, 2011) — Updated: Wednesday, 05 Oct 2011, 6:44 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 05 Oct 2011, 6:42 PM EDT


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By PAUL YATES/myfoxatlanta

Georgia-based candidate Herman Cain is surging in the latest polls of the Republican presidential race, but questions linger about his long-term campaign prospects. Cain's star is rising. He has momentum now, but does he have the pieces in place to make the most of it?

His just-released book is selling briskly in Atlanta, and Cain is riding high in the latest voter surveys. He is close to front-runner Mitt Romney in a Quinnipiac poll, and even closer in others. That’s providing an opportunity for Cain to contrast their campaigns.

“He’s running his race top down,” Cain said of Romney recently. “He’s got a lot of money. I’m running my race bottom up. We don’t have as much money.”

That's been a continuing refrain for a candidate who rose from modest beginnings to become CEO of Godfather's Pizza, and later, an Atlanta radio talk show host. Now, the question is: can he organize and finance a top-shelf presidential campaign?

“Right now, the conservatives don’t really have a candidate in the race and so right now, Herman Cain is reaping the benefits of that,” said Kerwin Swint, political science professor at Kennesaw State University. 


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