I have to say something now because the mainstream media is completely ignoring the reason why Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll.
Cain was a very popular syndicated talk show host out of Atlanta. His show was broadcast all over Florida for years. He is in the daily conservative line up of Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, Ingraham and Boortz. He has a huge following in that region.
A straw poll for republican candidates is going to attract talk radio junkies. They're likely going to pick the guy who has been preaching his message to them five days a week for years. It's as if there was a straw poll in El Paso and Greg Freyermuth was on the ticket - he'd likely beat all the national big boys because the likely voters would be his listeners.
It's not that I don't like Herman Cain - he's great and he loves the "Fair Tax" as do I. I just think it's disingenous to claim Cain has rocketed in the polls when you have a very specific group of people who have been his audience for years voting. It is not all that shocking once you look at the facts.