Herman Cain’s campaign took a detour yesterday as the candidate struggled to explain an old sexual harassment charge. While early coverage focused on the issue itself, later media coverage revolved mostly around Cain’s varying responses to the questions and his “inconsistent answers” as it has been stated.
While similar types of stories have derailed such campaigns as Gary Hart in 1984, Cain appears to relish in any news at all. No matter what he seems to do or say that leaves people scratching their heads, Herman Cain continues to ascend in the polls, in fundraising, and in social media.
The irony of yesterday’s developments is that Herman Cain had his biggest social media boost in followers since October 21st. From Monday morning through Tuesday morning, Cain picked up 2106 new Twitter followers and 2083 Facebook likes for a total gain of 4189, the best of any candidate over the past 10 days. This gain also represents a sizable increase over his 2-week average of 3380 total followers.
The jury is still out as to whether Cain’s march to the top of the polls will end, or if he’ll be one of those “teflon” candidates to which little negative press affects.
Herman Cain Chronology