Herman Cain wins the 2012 GOP Florida Straw Poll Saturday, delivering an upset for Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 37 percent of the vote, and a victory for a Republican candidate who has struggled to gain any popularity, until now.
“Thank you to the Republican voters for this incredible honor of being named the winner of the Presidency 5 straw poll in Florida today,” Cain said in a statement after the results were in.
Herman also promoted his “999 Plan” during all Presidential debates that includes a flat, 9-percent tax on business profits, personal income and national sales. The national sales tax would be implemented first if he becomes president.
“We expand the base, and we give everybody an opportunity to get used to paying a national sales tax before we go for the full throttle later,” he said of the ‘999’ plan. “You get people to see the positive impact on the economy and economic growth before you take that next big step.”
Recently, Herman survived Stage 4 cancer, and claims he wouldn’t have under Obamacare. Some people think he is often outrageous, but he has a shrewd sense of his appeal. He comes across strong with all confidence and is good at holding his own at debates.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite who won the Iowa straw poll in August, finished with just 1 percent of the vote.
Cain is the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He was also the chairman of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In 1996, Herman became CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
The 2012 GOP Presidential candidate wins with 37 percent of the vote, while Perry trailed with 15 percent of the Florida Straw Poll. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney followed with 14 percent while former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum drew 11 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul finished with 10.5 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman finished with 2 percent.
“This is a sign of our growing momentum and my candidacy that cannot be ignored. I will continue to share my message of ‘common sense solutions’ across this country and look forward to spending more time in Florida, a critical state for both the nomination and the general election,” Cain said.