Herman Cain will not … we repeat, not … drop out of the 2012 presidential race (at least not yet).
So says “The Smoking Man” (a.k.a. Mark Block) – Cain’s angry white sidekick.
Block told ABC News on Tuesday that there is “no way (Cain)’s dropping out” and that the embattled Republican will “will lay out his way forward” during a Wednesday speech in Ohio.
Rumors that Cain might abandon his bid began circulating after the former Godfathers Pizza CEO reportedly told his staff that he was “reassessing” his candidacy in the wake of the latest allegation against him.
According to Block, Cain is merely pondering a “strategic reassessment” of his candidacy – not reassessing his intention to seek the Republican nomination.
On Monday Ginger White, a single mother from Dunwoody, Georgia, claimed that she carried on a 13-year extramarital affair with the 65-year-old businessman. White’s claim comes on the heels of multiple sexual harassment allegations against Cain – who has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 43 years.
Cain has categorically denied White’s claim – just as he has categorically denied the prior allegations of harassment.
““The American public is tired of dirty politics and smear tactics as (evidenced by) their tremendous outpouring of support for me, my family and my campaign this past month,” Cain said. “I am running for president of the United States of America, and the reality is that there are individuals out there that favor the status quo of higher taxes, more government and political cronyism and they are afraid of a Cain presidency.”
While the allegations haven’t sunk Cain’s candidacy (yet), they have succeeded in knocking him off of his frontrunner’s perch.
According to the most recent polling, Cain is supported by 13 percent of likely SCGOP primary voters – trailing new frontrunner Newt Gingrich (38 percent) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (15 percent).