With Herman Cain dropping out of the picture, the other Republican presidential candidates are in a mad scramble — for Cain’s endorsement, and for his supporters.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is trying the hardest, with a new facebook page that connects the two politicians based on their “outsider” status. And according to some, the page looks an awful lot like an implied endorsement.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is making a much more subtle plea by sympathizing with the fallen candidate, and said he was next in line for the GOP four week surge. “If you look at all these little boomlets, they last about 4-6 weeks, Newt’s at about week three,” said Santorum. “We think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”
And Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman Ron Paul are already convinced they are benefiting from the ex-Cain supporters. Bachmann told Fox News, “Beginning yesterday, our office had call after call after call of people who wanted to switch over and wanted to support me…I think we’re going to pick up a lot of the support across the country, people who formerly supported Herman Cain.”
As for the Cain campaign itself, they aren’t announcing yet, but when the time comes, the endorsement will likely go to Cain’s friend and rival Newt Gingrich. “‘He wants to play “who to endorse” for a while,’ said the adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak bluntly. ‘Then he’ll probably be endorsing somebody in a couple weeks — before the caucuses…. I’d say he’s going to endorse Newt Gingrich,’ the adviser said.”
But will that be much help to Gingrich? With the former Speaker’s rise to the top coming at the same time and Cain’s drop to the bottom, one has to wonder if most of the former Cain support has already gone where it’s going to go.
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