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Herman Cain: ‘We Have People on the Ground’ in Early Primary States

Posted on | December 27, 2010 | 25 Comments

My profile feature on Herman Cain is now up at The American Spectator, and the big takeaway is, he’s for real:

Getting from “dark horse” to serious contender is a task Cain has assigned to a campaign team headed by two Republican operatives from Wisconsin, Mark Block and Scott Toomey. . . .
In New Hampshire, John DiStaso of the Manchester Union Leader recently reported that “veteran GOP operative and former congressional staffer David Tille has become active” for Cain, whom he met during one of the candidate’s recent visits there. The Politico‘s Smith took notice of Iowa GOP operative Tim Albrecht’s prediction that Cain “is going to have some serious legs” in that state. Cain’s supporters have already begun organizing in early primary states. “We have people on the ground in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and will soon have people on the ground in Nevada,” Cain told The American Spectator in an interview last week. “We are going to run a bottoms-up, outside-the-box campaign.… My strength at this point is the grassroots support that I have across this country.” . . .

Please read the whole thing. This morning I got an e-mail from Maurice Atkinson of DraftCain.org, who writes:

For months we’ve been developing a network of supporters and volunteers in the various states.  Currently we have over 2,000 who have solicited to be volunteers and 300 as organizers.  These are some sharp individuals from various walks of life (executives to retirees!).  We’ve focused on utilizing the various social networking tools, primarily Facebook.  We are currently developing leaders from within the pool of supporters.  Our focus is to develop relationships within the College/Young Republican circles so that Herman will have a solid support base at the various local and state conventions.

There’s also Citizens4Cain and, of course, Herman Cain’s Web site is here. You can contribute to his PAC. You can follow him on Twitter.

UPDATE: Herman’s Red State column today:

Don’t forget what President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress did in 2010 – and tell everybody who will listen! And if they do not get outraged, then they are sleeping under a rock and they can’t get out.

Read the whole thing.

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