The Wall Street Journal reported that Herman Cain won the Florida Republican straw poll yesterday, upsetting GOP front runner, Governor Rick Perry of Texas.
With Governor Perry as the front runner, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney nipping at Mr. Perry’s heels, and Iowa straw poll winner, albeit fading quickly, Michele Bachmann, the GOP nomination still appears up in the air.
Analysts are blaming Mr. Perry’s poor performance in the Florida debate for his loss. Honestly, Mr. Perry has been performing less than presidential since he got into this race and Florida may have simply caught up with him, blatantly exposing his flaws.
I don’t know if the party establishment should be happy that Mr. Perry got shellacked, or concerned because the party has not decidedly settled on one or two firm front runners.
The Godfather’s victory shows that Governor Perry has some national campaign growing-up to do, and that the GOP nomination is way far from being settled. Mr. Romney may want to pin his loss on a lack of campaigning, but if Florida took him seriously, he would have polled ahead of Mr. Perry.