Cain Has No Iowa Organization; Does Romney Have This Sewn Up?

Posted on October 14, 2011

According to The Hill’s E-News for October 14, this is the status of the Cain effort in Iowa:

Republicans in the state say the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO has been completely absent since the Ames Straw Poll in mid-August and while the other candidates have focused on infrastructure and identifying their supporters, Cain has not done any of the things necessary to win the caucuses.

“He’s not locking up any primary support. Polls are just a number,” said Robinson. “He needs to have identified supporters he can communicate with. He has nothing; he has no idea who his supporters are.”

Sam Clovis, a well-known conservative radio host in western Iowa, said many of the other candidates had come on his show and that he was in regular contact with their campaigns. But he said that trying to reach out to Cain’s campaign has proven futile and that he was unsure if Cain even had a point person in the state.

While many see this primary as locking in the nomination for Romney, others see it as still wide open:

The Perry campaign has signaled it is taking Iowa very seriously. He was there last week and will be there again next week. Perry’s wife, Anita, has also made several appearances there.

“Perry would be able to reboot his campaign with a win in Iowa, and he desperately needs that right now,” Vander Plaats noted.

And there could be hope for any candidate.

Robinson said no contender had an obvious advantage over the others and that the conservative vote remained fractured and up for grabs.

“It’s wide open heading into the final crucial months as we head into the caucuses,” he said. “This is a critical time: between now and mid-November, this 30-, 40-day period is going to determine everything, and everything’s fluid.” [The Hill]

Most commentators on this blog reflect the sentiment of Republicans in general this election season:  Anyone but Mitt.  It is too important and a candidate with more identifiably different policies on key issues such as health care need to come to the fore.  This is one of the most critical elections in the history of this country and Republicans need to ensure that Conservative goals have been taken into account.  If not, Obama will win by default.  He will if Romney is the GOP choice.

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