“Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain claimed victory in today’s Florida straw poll, receiving more than double the amount of votes of front-runner Rick Perry. Cain received 37 percent of the 2,657 delegate votes cast here today. Perry followed with 15.4 percent. Romney was a close third with 14 percent of the vote.”
Meanwhile, “Michigan native Mitt Romney rolled over Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the rest of his Republican presidential rivals in a Michigan straw poll Sunday, reinforcing a favorite son status that could make it tough for anyone else to win the state's GOP primary. It was the second day of bad news for Perry, who lost to businessman Herman Cain in a Florida straw poll Saturday.”
Politico looks at the 3rd quarter money race.
BACHMANN: Bachmann holds a rally in Cedar Rapids, IA, today, per NBC’s Jamie Novogrod. This afternoon, she gives an interview on WHO Radio in Des Moines. Her next public event will be Wednesday morning's address at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Campaign manager Keith Nahigian tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Bachmann is “in it to win it, period,” and says of the race: “there’s a type of person that has clunkers on their record, and then you have the other ones that are straight and, non-wavering on their records their whole career.”
CAIN: NBC’s Andrew Rafferty’s observations on Cain’s straw poll win in Florida: It's true he was campaigning the week leading up to the straw poll, but it was very apparent he was trying to reach a targeted audience – the actual Presidency 5 delegates (the folks who were participating at the straw poll). Cain's campaign stops last week weren't at diners or public libraries; they were at country clubs. Every event he had scheduled was in front of some kind of GOP group. For example the Hillsborough County GOP meet and greet or the Bellaire women's Republican club town hall. The strategy allowed him to reach more delegates than he likely would had he simply gone to Florida and held events open to the general public.
PERRY: The Perry camp has a new video hitting Romney on health care.
ROMNEY: The AP profiles Romney's wife, Ann. “Ann Romney is the unassuming, not-so-secret weapon in Mitt Romney’s political arsenal. At a GOP gathering in Michigan on Saturday, she spoke briefly, prompting the crowd to tap their glasses and call for a toast.” More: “The Romney campaign says there will be an enhanced role for her beginning the next month, with additional public appearances, media interviews and a willingness to discuss health problems and her family’s rags-to-riches story.”
SANTORUM: Rick Santorum visited a local gun show in Des Moines, IA yesterday, making his first appearance back to Iowa since the Ames Straw Poll, NBC’s Alex Moe reports. Fresh off his 4th place finish in the Florida Straw Poll, Santorum was surrounded by an unusually high amount of media at the event. He said he was “very happy” with his finish.
"I'm encouraged… The results you saw yesterday at the Florida straw poll was really more of a statement saying quit trying to tell us who to vote for and quit just covering two of the candidates," Santorum told reporters outside the 4-H Building at the State Fairground. “I’m listening to some of these morning shows, it’s the same old thing, wow there are only two candidates that can win. That’s just garbage. The bottom line is neither of these candidates have lit anybody on fire. They both have major issues.”