It’s official: Herman Cain has suspended his campaign. Via the Washington Post:
Herman Cain, a little known businessman who became a frontrunner in the Republican presidential race, suspended his campaign Saturday following allegations of an extramarital affair and claims of sexual harassment.
For the past month, Cain has held on as an embattled candidate, denying accusations that he had sexually harassed several women when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. With his standing in the polls already slipping, an Atlanta woman this week came forward and alleged that she and Cain had carried on a 13-year affair.
The former Godfather’s chief executive, whose snappy slogans and simple policy prescriptions won over voters, fiercely denied all of the accusations.
Cain’s decision is the latest twist in a Republican primary contest that has been marked by a search among conservatives for an alternative to Mitt Romney, the establishment favorite. In early summer, that was Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and, by late September, Cain. In recent weeks, Newt Gingrich, dismissed in June after his campaign imploded, has risen to the top of the field alongside Romney.
The question now is where Cain’s support, which was fading even before he dropped out, will go. Many political observers believe Gingrich is the likeliest beneficiary, with one group of anti-Romney voters shifting to another. But there is evidence that Romney too could benefit — a Pew poll conducted before Thanksgiving showed that Cain supporters split evenly between Romney and Gingrich when asked for their second choice. Second-tier candidates, such as Texas Rep. Ron Paul, are likely to make an aggressive push for Cain voters as well.
More here. What do you all think? Where will what’s left of Cain’s support go? Newt? Ron Paul? The Mittster? Bachmann? Someone else?