[Posted by Karl]
Everywhere, so let’s pick ABC News:
Herman Cain announced today that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, because of “the continued hurt” caused by claims of sexual harassment and a 13-year extramarital affair which he called “false accusations” that have created a “cloud of doubt over me and my family.”
“I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife and she is at peace with me,” he said.
With a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign, because of the continiued distraction, the continued hurt on me and my family,” he said.
It’s up to the candidate. Under election law, the phrase “suspending a campaign” has no formal meaning. It’s used most frequently by candidates when they drop out of their primary race. There’s a reason for that: If a candidate “ended” his campaign instead of merely “suspending” it, then he might lose eligibility for federal matching funds that would help pay off his debts. The phrase has been employed at least as far back as the 1970s and continues to serve as the most popular way for candidates to end their primary bids without closing down their campaign committees.
Voters were suspending Cain’s campaign, anyway:
Cain is now at 8 percent among likely Republican caucusgoers, The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll shows. That’s down from 23 percent in late October.
FNC reported that Cain was at 12% on the first day of polling and 4% on the last.
What’s next? Cain spoke about “Plan B,” which so far appears to be a new website. Plus, work on rehabbing his image for the motivational speaking circuit, I would guess. He says he is at peace with his family, which I hope is true.