By Reniqua Allen
With strong first place finishes in straw poll picks and an unusual bounce in national polls, Herman Cain is now an accidental “top-tier” contender for the GOP primary. But, one group largely ignored is the Republican party’s lilliputian size bloc of black voters — a little less than 10 percent of the GOP electorate. How they perceive him may make or break the primary of color phenom.
“I think Herman Cain has taken a lot of conservatives by surprise. Everybody feels like Herman Cain is breaking down myths that blacks can’t be conservative. He’s breaking down this barrier,” said conservative GOP commentator Crystal Wright.
“He’s this year’s Allen West,” said Lenny McAllister, a black Republican that has spoken at several Tea Party events.
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