Herman Cain Gaining Momentum In Polls
Herman Cain is gaining popularity through his strong performance in the Florida Republican presidential debate and winning the Florida Straw Poll last weekend, according to Reuters.
Analysts, however, do not think that his newfound popularity voters and addressing voter concerns would propel him to win the nomination.
"The future is bright for Herman Cain. Do I think he's going to win the nomination? Absolutely not," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said to Reuters. "But he's answering questions and he's resonating with voters while Romney and Perry are playing a partisan, bickering game of one-upmanship.”
A Fox News Poll put Cain at 17 percent support—up 6 percent from a month ago. This puts him in third place among the top candidates.
However, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are still number two and number one, with Perry at 19 percent and Romney taking the top spot at 23 percent.
Cain doesn’t shy away from his blunt opinions as tested Wednesday during a CNN interview. Host Wolf Blitzer asked Cain about why African-Americans don’t support the Republican party.
"Many African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,” he answered. “I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative."