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July 1st, 2011

Cain Loses Iowa Director and Straw Poll Coordinator

By Craig Robinson

Herman Cain’s Iowa Director, Tina Goff, told that she has submitted her resignation and is no longer working for the campaign.  In addition to Goff’s resignation, can confirm that Kevin Hall has also left the campaign.  Hall served as Cain’s Straw Poll coordinator.

Goff and Hall both worked on Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign in 2008 and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign in 2010.  Goff stated that she resigned because the Cain campaign refused to make a serious effort in Iowa, the home of the First-in-the-Nation caucuses.

With just 43 days to the Iowa Straw Poll, Cain’s campaign here in Iowa and nationally seems to be unraveling.  Cain lost his New Hampshire director, Matt Murphy, who was his only staffer in that state, earlier this week.  Jim Zeiler, a Cain regional director who had been to Iowa and was helping with the campaign’s Straw Poll plans, has also left the campaign.

Despite the turbulence that the Cain campaign has experienced, his candidacy has attracted support.  In the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, Cain finished in third place with 10 percent behind Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann.  Cain’s strength in the polls has been impressive, but it takes a strong grassroots organization to do well in the Iowa Straw Poll or the Caucuses.  A poor finish in Ames could be a deadly prognosis for his entire campaign.

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