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Herman Cain’s Good Week

Herman Cain looks like he’s set to have a good week.

First, yesterday he won his home state’s straw poll, while he was on the other side of the world:

Georgia businessman and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain won the first statewide straw poll held by the Georgia Republican Party on Saturday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

Cain, who was unable to attend the Perry event after traveling to Israel for Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage rally, received 232 votes, just three more than runner-up U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Sure, it’s only a straw poll, but a candidate has to perform well in his home state, and Cain came in well ahead of Georgia’s other home-state candidate, Newt Gingrich, who came in fourth. (The picture at the link depicts Gingrich posing for a photo with a man in a t-shirt that says, “HERE I AM. ROCK YOU LIKE A HERMAN CAIN.”)

According to his campaign, Cain is scheduled to address a joint session of the Georgia legislature on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. How often do state lawmakers host a joint-session address by a presidential candidate?

Not as often as Georgia house speaker David Ralston would like, apparently. He’s offered an open invitation to any presidential candidate; Jon Huntsman spoke there Wednesday.

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