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Nate Silver of the New York Times Five Thirty Eight Blog says that Herman Cain might be the biggest “outlier candidate” for president in the last 30 years.
“The fact that Mr. Cain has made it this far with such apparently weak fundamentals — we’re less than 10 weeks away from the Iowa caucuses — is itself remarkable. It implies that there is either something fundamentally unusual about this year’s Republican nomination process, or perhaps that some sort of “new normal” has been established and that the old rules of how you win a nomination no longer carry as much weight.”
To date, Cain has not been endorsed by any Republican governor or member of Congress. He has almost no political experience, and has never held an elected office. Many are chalking Cain’s rise up to media coverage that grew once he made statements that were offensive to African Americans. Cain has referred to the Democratic Party as a “plantation,” said that black people are “brainwashed,” and also said that racism is not a significant factor in socio-economic inequality.
"There is simply no precedent for a candidate like Mr. Cain, one with such strong polling but such weak fundamentals," Silver says.
Silver and others go on to say that Cain’s lack of fundamentals reduces his chances of getting the Republican nomination. But they do not write him off completely, primarily because there is no precedent for a candidacy of this nature.