Herman Cain's repeated attempts to brush aside sexual harassment charges are faltering and his once high-flying presidential campaign is likely to suffer, according to neutral Republicans.
Cain had managed to tread water for more than a week after news reports first surfaced of two anonymous charges of sexual harassment made when he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. But when Sharon Bialek went public Monday to say he'd once groped her, the story started to seriously threaten Cain's public support.
"He was already slipping before these stories came out. This will accelerate his decline," Republican pollster Whit Ayres said.
"Now we see Cain supporters having pause," Iowa Republican analyst Craig Robinson added. "He can no longer laugh it up. This is serious, serious stuff."
"My sense is he's dropping like a rock," South Carolina Republican strategist J. David Woodard said...
Cain sinking like a stone, neutral GOP analysts say
Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers