- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee said Sunday that Herman Cain provided an important voice in the presidential race, but candidates “come and go” during every primary and the field inevitably narrows.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Mr. Cain’s polling numbers were falling and he was having trouble raising money, so the GOP chairman thinks it’s “only natural” that the candidate pulled out about a month before the first vote.

But Mr. Priebus said the decision was up to Mr. Cain, who was battling allegations of sexual harassment and a claim that he had an extramarital affair. The Georgia businessman has denied the accusations.

Mr. Priebus said Mr. Cain might have a big role to play yet, but he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that depends on a politician having money and being to get out into the public.

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