- Associated Press - Monday, September 26, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessman Herman Cain on Monday said his victory in the Florida Republican straw poll was authentic and wasn’t a statement by voters against Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Mr. Cain told NBC’s “Today” show that the weekend test balloting was “not a protest vote.”

Mr. Cain said his performance shows that “the voice of the people is more powerful than the voice of the media.”

He won roughly 37 percent of the vote, compared with 15 percent for Mr. Perry and 14 percent for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Mr. Cain also said he doubts that Mr. Perry’s poor showing was the result of his uneven performance earlier in the week in the Orlando candidate debate.

The straw poll illustrated that “people are listening to the message and not just, with all due respect, to the media,” Mr. Cain said.