Cain Suspends Campaign Shifting GOP Race
Cain Suspends Campaign Shifting GOP Race, The once-bursting 2012 Republican presidential field is narrowing to a two-man race, and voters have one month before casting the first votes to narrow it to one.
Barring a dramatic new turn, their top options to challenge President Barack Obama will be the steady but often bland demeanor of Mitt Romney and the idea-a-minute bombast of Newt Gingrich.
Herman Cain’s suspension of his campaign Saturday over allegations of an affair and sexual harassment, and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s continued struggles to regain traction, have focused the party’s attention on Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Gingrich, the former U.S. House of Representatives speaker. They offer striking contrasts in personality, government experience and campaign organization.
Romney has maintained a political infrastructure since his 2008 presidential bid, especially in the early voting state of New Hampshire. Gingrich, whose campaign nearly collapsed several months ago, is relying much more heavily on his televised debate performances and the goodwill he built up with conservatives as a congressional leader in the 1980s and 1990s.
Gingrich’s efforts appear to be paying off in Iowa, which holds first-in-the-nation caucuses Jan. 3.
A Des Moines Register poll released late Saturday found Gingrich leading the Republican field with 25 percent support among likely caucus goers. U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas had 18 percent support and Romney, who began campaigning in Iowa in earnest only recently, had 16 percent.