Herman Cain Hopes for Another Fifth-Place Finish

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AMES, IA - AUGUST 13:  Republican presidential candidate and Georgia businessman Herman Cain addresses the program during the Iowa Straw Poll in the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University August 13, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. Nine GOP presidential candidates are competing for votes in the Iowa Straw Poll, an important step for gaining momentum in a crowded field of hopefuls.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - AUGUST 13: Republican presidential candidate and Georgia businessman Herman Cain addresses the program during the Iowa Straw Poll in the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University August 13, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. Nine GOP presidential candidates are competing for votes in the Iowa Straw Poll, an important step for gaining momentum in a crowded field of hopefuls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2011 Getty Images

It's a funny thing about that straw poll over the weekend. Tim Pawlenty came in third place and quickly became the first candidate to drop out of the race. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum's fourth-place finish, according to Politico, was "a vindication of his grassroots strategy" that will "build momentum for a path forward." And Herman Cain, who came in fifth place, tells Fox News, "I finished at number five in Iowa, that's right where we want to be." Cain even adds that if he comes in the top five in New Hampshire, he'd be "ecstatic." The differing responses to weak straw-poll showings can be chalked up to different expectations, of course, but if you don't expect to do any better than fifth place, maybe running for president isn't for you.

Cain aims for fifth place in New Hampshire [GOP 12]