ATLANTA, Ga (KTLA) -- GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is lobbying for the support of former Cain backers.
After Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced Saturday that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual impropriety, Bachmann said Republican voters see her as the tea party candidate, adding that some feel her conservative positions are most like his than those of any other hopeful.
With wife Gloria at his side, Cain told a crowd of supporters in his home state Saturday that he is "suspending" his campaign because of the allegations of sexual harassment and, most recently, an Atlanta woman's claim that they carried on a sexual affair for over a decade, have taken too big a toll on his family and personal life.
"I am not going to be silenced and I'm not going away," Cain said during an event that was supposed to mark the opening of his Georgia campaign headquarters.
Cain, who referred to his campaign as "Plan A," told the crowd that he is moving to "Plan B," a website called cainsolutions.com, through which he says he will continue to be "a voice for the people."
The announcement comes less than a week after Georgia White of Atlanta told the news media that she and Cain carried on a 13-year affair, during which White alleges that Cain gave her money and gifts for over two years.
Cain acknowledged having carried on a friendship with White but denied that the relationship was sexual. Cain also acknowledged that his wife knew nothing of the relationship until White came forward Monday.
Cain has acknowledged that Ginger White's allegations have led to a drop in campaign contributions, and a Des Moines Register poll shows his support among likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers has fallen to 8 percent, down from 23 percent in October. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.9 points, the newspaper said.
White's claims came after at least three other woman came forward alleging instances of sexual misconduct on Cain's part during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.
Though Gloria Cain rarely makes public appearances or statements, she told Fox News last month that she believed the sexual harassment allegations were "unfounded."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times