The pizza man delivered in Orlando today.
The underdog, CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Poll at Presidency Five beating favored heavyweights like Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Herman Cain who, has spent weeks zig zagging the state and investing his time and campaign dollars proved exactly what Florida Governor Rick Scott said after reading the results. “It pays to be here”.
Cain performed well in the FOX News debate that was held in the same Orlando venue. He promoted his 999 plan, inspiring story of cancer survival, and steered clear of the battles the other candidates had during the most watched debate of the year.
Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann didn’t participate in Presidency V and Rick Perry’s Thursday night debate performance has many questioning his mettle. Ron Paul had the visual support in the Orange County Convention Center but, not the volume he needed to break from the pack. The rest of the field hasn’t been able to find any traction so far in their campaigns.
However, it wouldn’t be fair to say the other candidates lost this straw poll, Herman Cain won it and he did it with no money. Just hard work, a good story, and a kind word. You work hard you reap the benefits.
What’s next for the Herman Cain campaign? Did Orlando just light the fire that will shoot Herman Cain into the mainstream? Will it help his fundraising? Or will the rest of the country shrug and stick with their first choices? Is this the beginning of the end for one of the other candidates? What about Sarah Palin? Was this a demonstration of how wide open this race really is?
We came in looking for answers and we got more questions. Go figure.
The night belongs to Herman Cain and good for the RPOF delegates for recognizing which candidate worked the hardest to earn their vote. Showing up is what it’s all about. His words after the victory?
“The Herman Cain train is picking up steam”
The final percentages:
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