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U.S. Republican presidential contender Cain suspends campaign

(Xinhua)

11:13, December 04, 2011

U.S. Republican presidential contender Herman Cain announces on Saturday that he has decided to suspend his presidential campaign. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Republican presidential contender Herman Cain announced Saturday that he has decided to suspend his presidential campaign.

"I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family," he told supporters at a grand opening ceremony of his new campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

The move comes a few days after the candidate said he was " reassessing" his candidacy in the wake of new allegations of sexual impropriety.

An Atlanta businesswoman alleged this week that she had a 13- year extramarital affair with Cain. This raised more doubt about the candidate's fidelity and integrity following revelations of sexual harassment allegations against Cain during his tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Those "false and unproved" accusations caused pains and price on himself and his family, and distracted his abilities to provide solutions to the American people, Cain said.

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