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December 3rd, 2011

How Cain’s Exit Impacts the Iowa Caucuses

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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In front of hundreds of supporters at his Atlanta headquarters, Herman Cain announced that he has decided to end his campaign for president.

Herman Cain’s decision to end his presidential campaign shakes up the race for the Republican nomination just one month before Iowans will attend the caucuses.  While most political pundits are now going to obsess over who will pick up Cain’s support in the polls, his absence will make a much bigger impact than that.

How Cain’s Exit Impacts the Iowa Caucuses

Allows Voters to Focus on Ideas and Issues

Cain’s campaign had become a distraction.  Instead of focusing on the differences between the candidates on important issues, the drama surrounding Cain dominated the news.

Makes the Debate Stage Less Crowded

Do not overlook how significant one less person on the debate stage will be to candidates like Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.  Both have been solid debaters, but they don’t get many questions because of their position in the poll.  With two major debates taking place in Iowa between now and the caucuses, Cain’s exit gives others an opening.

Creates an Opportunity for Candidates Like Bachmann, Perry, and Santorum

With Cain gone, candidates such as Bachmann, Perry, and Santorum can now work to get a larger piece of the pie.  We have already seen how important momentum is in this race.  If one of these three candidates can gain the support of Cain’s loyal supporters, it could create momentum.

The national media thinks that they will all go to Gingrich because he is the alternative to Romney.  I don’t know if that is going to be the case.  Many of Cain’s Iowa backers are passionate about the immigration issue, which is a weakness for Gingrich.  Plus, Iowans might be looking for the alternative to Gingrich now that he is the frontrunner and Romney is not much of a factor in the state.

Bachmann Responds to Cain Suspending His Campaign

Urbandale, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has issued the following statement in response to the news that Herman Cain has suspended his campaign for the GOP nomination for president:

“Herman Cain provided an important voice to this process. His ideas and energy generated tremendous enthusiasm for the conservative movement at a time it was so desperately needed to restore confidence in our country.  I wish Herman, his wife Gloria, and his family all the best.”

Newt: Cain will Continue to be a Powerful Voice in the Conservative Movement

Staten Island, NY – Republcian Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich released the following statement today reacting to the news that Herman Cain is suspending his campaign:

“Herman Cain’s 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of how to reform our tax code and he elevated the dialogue of the Republican presidential primary in the process. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend. I know from having worked with him for more than a decade he will continue to be a powerful voice in the conservative movement for years to come.”

Statement from Gov. Rick Perry on Herman Cain Announcement

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding Herman Cain’s announcement to suspend his campaign:

“I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best.”


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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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