Colbert Bump: Herman Cain Gets Over 6000 Votes In South Carolina
Last night, Newt Gingrich scored a crucial victory in South Carolina following his second surge in the Republican race for the presidency. But what about the candidates who aren’t running? Herman Cain, who was one of the first candidates to drop out of the race, garnered over 6000 votes thanks to a campaign by comedian Stephen Colbert to get his supporters to vote for the former businessman. Colbert tried to launch his own run in South Carolina, but because the state doesn’t allow write-ins, he instructed his supporters to vote for Cain instead.
The New York Times reports that the Cain train was only able to muster 6,324 votes, giving the ex-candidate fifth place in the contest. Cain actually received more votes than Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michele Bachmann combined. However, this only added up to 1.1 percent of the vote.
Colbert is only in the exploratory phase of his candidacy, which he undertook after seeing he was ahead of Huntsman in a South Carolina poll. He transferred the responsibilities of his Super PAC to Jon Stewart, so he was free to dip his toes in the presidential pool. On his show, he said he would see a strong showing of support for Cain in the South Carolina primary as a sign of whether or not he should officially enter the contest.
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