Herman Cain "Suspends" Presidential Bid, Twitter Reacts

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Social media plays an enormous role in the election race. It also, of course, plays a big role in giving people a platform to express their feelings about (and poke fun at) candidates. That includes when they decide to “suspend” their bids.

As you may know, Republican candidate Herman Cain announced that he’s suspending his bid for the the presidential nomination. As you might imagine, Twitter is aflutter with everyone weighing in. While I wouldn't dare attempt to capture all that is being said (with so many tweets rolling in every second, it would be impossible), it’s always fun to pull out a sample of the public’s reaction.

So here’s a sample.

First my kids stopped believing in Santa. Then they stopped believing in Herman Cain.(image) 3 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Who will get the Cain endorsement, which could bring tens of supporters with it?(image) 35 seconds ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Sorry to see Mr. Cain depart the race under these circumstances, but like it or not appearances drive reality in politics.(image) 29 seconds ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

Isn't it pretty much the odds on favorite that Cain will endorse Newt? Makes sense given close friendship as seen in their L-D debate.(image) 1 minute ago via Twitter for Android · powered by @socialditto

Presidents have nuclear launch codes. We want a real smart calm one we trust. Cain had shown he failed this key criteria.(image) 2 minutes ago via Twitter for iPad · powered by @socialditto

The Cain endorsement will be as powerful as the Edwards endorsement in '08.(image) 33 seconds ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto

I feel sorry for Mrs. Cain, bet she is angry now, Cain dropping out and all that damage, anyone hear?(image) 37 seconds ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Don't mean to be persnickety but how do you 'suspend' a Presidential run AND endorse another candidate? Isn't the Cain campaign 'over' ?(image) 8 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Herman Cain tells the crowd it's time for 'Plan B' & half of America replies 'That's what she said.' #cainwreck(image) 7 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Photo: The Cain Train finally pulls in to Shining Time Station. http://t.co/Zk0elEIN(image) 1 minute ago via Tumblr · powered by @socialditto

commented: This is not a surprise. Hope we don't see him on Maury for a paternity test next. http://t.co/0zpjIRv0(image) 1 minute ago via Yahoo! · powered by @socialditto

That's a bummer. I was looking forward to not voting for Cain.(image) 1 minute ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

Sincerest condolences to my Cain supporting tweeps. And welcome to the "who the heck do I vote for" boat. Keep fighting - we MUST oust Obama(image) 29 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

At Phoenix arprt on way hme frm ALEC. Bummd bout Cain and wish him well. Been textng friends in his campagn. More to come(image) 35 seconds ago via Twitter for Android · powered by @socialditto

When the time comes I hope Mrs. Cain gets 99.9% rather than just half in the settlement.(image) 36 seconds ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Cain is quoted as saying:

As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign...

I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family. Not because we are not fighters.

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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