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Cain: Dropping out of race is an 'option'

  • Herman Cain to decide by Monday if he'll stay in the race
  • Infidelity, harassment claims take toll on promising campaign
  • Cain's Iowa poll numbers have plunged from 23% to 4%
Cain: Dropping out of race is an 'option'

Is it possible that the only thing faster than Herman Cain's political rise will be his fall?

The one-time darling of the GOP presidential pack says he will decide by Monday whether it's time to end his campaign, the momentum of which has come to a screeching halt amid claims of sexual harassment and infidelity.

He made that announcement Thursday on Fox News and says pulling the plug on his candidacy is "obviously one option."

This from a candidate who as recently as October was polling at 23% in the kickoff state of Iowa. But that number has since been sliced all the way down to just 4%.

However, before Cain goes through the uncomfortable process of weighing his political future, he'll have to go through an arguably even more uncomfortable process: sitting down with his wife Gloria to discuss claims that he had a 13-year affair.

While it's not standard procedure to publicly announce a meeting with your own wife, Cain went through the trouble of doing just that, informing everyone he and Gloria plan to speak about all this on Friday.

She has publicly supported her husband against previous accusations of sexual harassment, but has not commented on the allegations by Ginger White that she and the candidate had an on-and-off relationship dating back to the 90s.

Cain says Gloria had never heard of Ginger White before all this and didn't know he had been sending her gifts and money for more than two-and-a-half years. However, he says, "my wife and I have talked about it and I have explained it to her. My wife understands that I'm a soft-hearted, giving person."


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