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Cain reassessing campaign after new allegations: reports

(Xinhua)

08:47, November 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain is reassessing his decision to remain in the race following new allegations of sexual impropriety, media reported Tuesday.

Cain said on a conference call Tuesday morning that "now with this latest one we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some peoples' minds, as to whether or not they should support us going forward," according to multiple media reports.

A decision is expected "within a few days," CNN quoted a source familiar with internal campaign deliberations as saying. The source said the decision would be based on whether the candidate's fund-raising dries up in the wake of the new allegations.

Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White alleged Monday that she had a 13-year extramarital affair with Cain, which was met with a flat denial by Cain.

White is merely "someone that I know who is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend," the candidate said during an interview with CNN Monday. "I acknowledge that I have known her for about that period of time ... but the accusation that I had a 13-year affair with her, no."

However, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza said he had no plans to quit the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cain's campaign has been suffering from multiple allegations of sexual harassment since late October, which downed his poll numbers and squeezed him out of the top tier of the Republican field. The new allegations would further erode support among social conservatives, an important voting bloc in Republican primaries.

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