I can’t even begin to figure out what this means:
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain came out on top in the Florida straw poll on Saturday.
The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza won the test of conservative strength with roughly 37 percent of the vote. Texas Governor Rick Perry came in second place, followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who did not actively compete in the event. Here’s a full breakdown of the results:
Herman Cain: 37.11%
Rick Perry: 15.43%
Mitt Romney: 14.00%
Rick Santorum: 10.88%
Ron Paul: 10.39%
Newt Gingrich: 8.43%
Jon Huntsman: 2.26%
Michele Bachmann: 1.51%
The GOP has had debates in Florida, and the spokesman for the state’s Republican party said whoever won the Florida Straw Poll would eventually win the GOP presidential nomination.
Herman Cain isn’t going to be the Republican nominee. But even with that in mind, if Rick Perry and Mitt Romney can’t beat the pizza guy, it seems the GOP nominating process has just spun into oblivion. And look who showed up in last place: the winner of the Ames, Iowa, straw poll.
- Herman Cain Takes Florida Straw Poll By Surprise (npr.org)
- Herman Cain Destroys Rick Perry In Florida Straw Poll Upset (businessinsider.com)
- And the Winner of the Florida Straw Poll Is… (michellemalkin.com)
- Herman Cain blows out Rick Perry in surprise Florida straw poll victory (dailykos.com)