From topping pizzas to topping polls: Herman Cain’s rise to fame


Could it be that 12 months from now, as the 2012 election campaign moves to a climax, no white man will have a chance of winning the presidency of the United States? In other words, might Barack Obama’s Republican challenger be not Mitt Romney or the Rick Perry – but an African American businessman named Herman Cain? A glance at the current polls would suggest that the once inconceivable is suddenly a distinct possibility. Since he trounced Mr Perry in a straw poll vote in Florida on 24 September, Mr Cain – who has never held elective office of any kind and is best known as former boss of the Godfather’s Pizza franchise – has climbed to at least a tie for second place with the Texas governor…

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