One of the earliest primary states is South Carolina, which holds its primary on Jan 21. South Carolina is a Republican stronghold — with a strongly conservative voting base. A sample of Republican voters tell NPR they favor Herman Cain — and they especially like his 9-9-9 plan.
The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza has risen to the top of the pack in the GOP presidential race. Herman Cain says the substance of his ideas — including his 9-9-9 tax plan — is propelling his surge. But analysts say he doesn't have the field organization that a winning candidate typically has.
At least one poll has Herman Cain leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Cain tells NPR's Scott Simon that his camapaign has substance. The full interview will air on Weekend Edition Saturday.
The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee jointly raised $70 million in the third quarter for the president's re-election. The announcement came from President Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina just days ahead of the filing deadline.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took on U.S. trade policy during a speech at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., Thursday. Romney told Microsoft employees he'd push for free trade "everywhere in the world."
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