**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks July 18 2011, with reporters and editors during an interview at The Washington Times' office building in D.C. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
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Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain finished first over the weekend in a straw poll of conservative activists at a gathering in Henderson, Nev., with 24 percent of the vote. Mr. Cain is the former chief executive officer of the Godfather's pizza restaurant chain.
** FILE ** Businessman Herman Cain waves as he takes the stage before the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
From left, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania; Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Ron Paul of Texas; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; and businessman Herman Cain greet the audience before first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Monday. (Associated Press)