And the big winner of the weekend Florida GOP straw poll was . . . Herman Cain, with 37.1 percent. How did that happen? According to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, Florida Republicans were dismayed by front-runner Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s debate performance Thursday and even “insulted by Perry’s accusation that people who don’t support his immigration positions are heartless.” Then Perry chose to go to Michigan rather than speak before the voting Saturday. “It was Cain who delivered a barn-burner that brought at least seven standing ovations from the delegates. Wavering Perry delegates became Cain voters,” York writes. Some think it means the race still could use more candidates, starting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Of course, York notes, “after Michele Bachmann’s victory at the Ames, Iowa straw poll and Cain’s win in Florida, some will say it’s time to do away with such contests.”
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