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Has the time come for Herman Cain to just go away?
December 1st, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Has the time come for Herman Cain to just go away?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

At this point, it seems like a question not of if Herman Cain will drop out of the race, but when.

But the Republican presidential hopeful insists he's not making any decision until he talks to his wife in person. There's an idea. That happens when Cain goes back home Friday. He says he and his wife have spoken over the phone but not face-to-face since the latest bombshell dropped.

Cain also says he needs to re-evaluate his support and the effect that the latest allegation has had on fundraising.

The latest allegation, of course, is that of a 13-year affair with an Atlanta woman, Ginger White. Cain says White was just a friend whom he helped financially.

This charge of adultery comes after multiple accusations of sexual harassment, which Cain also denied.

Cain's wife, Gloria, rarely appears in public although she did an interview in support of her husband after the harassment allegations surfaced. But we haven't heard a word from her about White's claim of a long-term affair.

Herman Cain, who has been dropping in the polls since all this started to surface, insists he's a victim of character assassination. Nonetheless, he says we can expect a decision in the coming days.

It seems like the decision is pretty clear: Even if Cain stays in the race, it's hard to see how he'd ever win enough votes to be the Republican nominee.

Polls show Cain's support among Republican women going off a cliff. A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Cain gets only 12% support from Republican female voters. You can't win with numbers like that.

The poll also suggests Republican women are less likely to think Cain has the right personality and leadership qualities to be president.

Here’s my question to you: Has the time come for Herman Cain to just go away?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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Which GOP candidate – Romney or Gingrich – is more likely to beat Pres. Obama?
December 1st, 2011
03:55 PM ET

Which GOP candidate – Romney or Gingrich – is more likely to beat Pres. Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's a high stakes game the Republican nominees for president are playing. If the election was held today, President Obama would likely lose. At this moment he is vulnerable and then some.

A recent Gallup Poll puts President Obama's approval rating almost three years into his first term lower than any other president in modern history...including Jimmy Carter. That's being vulnerable and then some. Jimmy Carter?

Gallup has President Obama's approval at 43%. The only other president in modern times with an approval rating almost that low was Lyndon Johnson - 44%... and he didn't run for a second term.

Over on the Republican side, Newt Gingrich has to be scaring the hell out of long-time presumed nominee Mitt Romney.

Gingrich has jumped to the top of the pack in national polls - and he's leading in key early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina.

And check out these numbers in the critical swing state of Florida:

A new American Research Group poll shows Gingrich with 50% to Romney's 19%. That's a 39-point jump for Gingrich since last month. If numbers like these hold in a state like Florida, it may be difficult for any of the other candidates to touch Gingrich.

Actually at this point it's probably safe to say the Republican nomination boils down to a race between Romney and Gingrich.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 40% of Republicans think Romney has the best chance of beating President Obama. 21% say Gingrich. But maybe this particular poll didn't ask you... so we will.

Here’s my question to you: Which Republican candidate – Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich – is more likely to beat President Obama?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.