Despite sliding poll numbers, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain thinks that he will be his party’s 2012 presidential nominee in part because he is an African-American. In a mailer sent to voters in Iowa, where Blacks make up 2.9 percent of the population, Cain said that he will win the nomination because he is a descendent of slaves and can take a large share of the Black vote away from President Obama, the DesMoines Register reports.
“The news media and the Republican establishment are stunned!” the seven-page mailer begins. “I am now the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential campaign and the highly regarded Rasmussen poll shows me defeating President Obama.”
In a likely more highly regarded USA Today/Gallup poll released today, however, Cain’s support dipped from 21 percent to 16 percent. And a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Nov. 14 revealed that at 14 percent, down from 25 percent in October, Cain is beginning to lose his momentum.
It appears that neither Cain’s optimism nor his confidence have fallen. In the mailer he also said “as a descendent of slaves I can lead the Republican Party to victory by garnering a large share of the Black vote, something that has not been done since Dwight Eisenhower garnered 41 percent of the Black vote in 1956.”
But a New York Times/CBS News survey taken in September showed that Black voters continue to overwhelmingly support Obama. Less than 10 percent said that he had failed to meet their expectations as president, and nearly 3 in 10 said he had exceeded expectations.
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