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Cain reassessing bid for presidential nomination

Announcement to staff comes day after affair allegations

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Herman Cain told senior members of his campaign staff Tuesday that he was reassessing whether he should continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, an aide confirmed to The New York Times.

Cain's decision to reassess his campaigning comes a day after an Atlanta woman, Ginger White, disclosed details of what she said was a 13-year affair with Cain.

The call was first reported by the National Review, and it came as Cain was heading to Michigan for a campaign stop.

According to the Times, Cain was discussing the future of his campaign with his family, and he was considering options for his next move.

According to National Review, which was reportedly on the call, Cain denied allegations of the affair.

“That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment,” he continued.

The campaign was also reassessed during allegations of sexual harassment by four women against Cain.  

Cain also said that over the next several days the campaign would continue as scheduled as he reassessed his candidacy.  

Newt Gingrich, who is the former House Speaker and a Republican presidential candidate, empathized with Cain during an interview with CBS News.  

"Remember I was supposed to be dead in June and July. I am not going to go around declaring anybody else dead," Gingrich said to Nancy Cordes in an interview in South Carolina.

"I think any candidate has the right to try to recover. They have the right to to try to get back in the game," added Gingrich.

His views starkly contrast those of Michele Bachmann, another Republican presidential candidate, who said that the people around her believe that Cain is "done." 

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.


Who is Ginger White?

Ginger White, the woman who said she was Herman Cain's mistress for 13 years, is an unemployed single mom from Atlanta, The New York Times reported.

White came forward with allegations that she had an an affair with the Republican presidential candidate after seeing how Cain treated the women who had accused him of harassment.

"It bothered me that they were being demonized," White said, according to the Times.

White is middle-aged, has two children and was evicted from her Atlanta home earlier this month, the New York Daily News reported.

According to Fox 5 in Atlanta, White had filed a sexual harassment claim against an employer in 2001, and the case was settled. Fox 5 also found that she had filed for bankruptcy almost 23 years ago, and that she had gathered several eviction notices in the Atlanta area over the past six years.

White also had a "stalking temporary protective order" placed against her by a former business partner, Kimberly Vay, for "repeated emails/texts threatening lawsuit and a defamation of character."

While the case was dismissed, it was followed by a libel lawsuit against White, and after she failed to respond to the lawsuit, a judge entered an order against her.

According to White, she met Cain at a business conference during the 1990s, the New York Daily News reported.

“It was pretty simple,” White told Fox 5. “It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”

She said the sexual relationship ended about eight months ago, when Cain decided to run for president.

Cain denied White's allegations in an interview on CNN before the interview with White on Fox 5 aired. 

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