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Monday, November 7, 2011

Is Herman Cain's campaign imploding?

ATLANTA — Business tycoon Herman Cain today suspended his bid for the 2012 presidency, less than a week after a woman accused him of carrying on a 13-year extramarital affair with her.
Once a front-runner for the GOP nomination, Cain saw his fundraising and poll numbers plummet over the past month after several women accused him of sexual harassment in the late 1990s when he was president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Earlier this week, 46-year-old Ginger White alleged she and Cain had carried on a 13-year relationship.

By Meghashyam Mali and Brendan Sasso - 11/07/11 09:24 AM ET

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain refused to answer further questions about sexual harassment claims after a debate Saturday.

When a reporter from The Washington Post attempted to ask Cain about the allegations, which stem from his tenure at the National Restaurant Association, the candidate cut him off, saying "don’t even go there."

"Where's my chief of staff? Please send him the journalistic code of ethics," Cain added when pressed to comment on the harassment allegations.

Cain continued to blast the media’s coverage of the allegations.

"If I were running this campaign the way the pundits thought I ought to be running this campaign, I would have dropped out in August," said Cain to reporters.

Allred says new woman to accuse Cain

WASHINGTON — High-profile discrimination attorney Gloria Allred said Monday that another woman is accusing Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment and will appear at a news conference in New York City later in the day.

Allred's client — whom she did not identify — would be the first woman to go public with accusations that Cain has engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, and the fourth to allege misconduct.

Cain has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has called the accusations a "smear campaign" in the week since the disclosure that two women reportedly received financial settlements from the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s after accusing Cain, who led the group at the time, of sexually inappropriate behavior while they were employed there.

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