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By Doug Powers  •  September 24, 2011 06:29 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Florida’s Presidency 5 straw poll was held today. Actively competing were Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.

And guess what? Herman Cain came out on top:

ORLANDO — In a stunning upset Saturday, Herman Cain won Florida’s Presidency 5 straw poll, a vote of 2,657 Republican activists that in past years has predicated the party nominee.

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza who charmed the three-day Republican conference’s delegates, took 37.1 percent of the vote, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry second with 15.4 percent.

The rest of the results: Mitt Romney, 14 percent; Rick Santorum, 10. 9 percent; Ron Paul, 10.4 percent; Newt Gingrich, 8.4 percent; Jon Huntsman, 2.3 percent; and Michele Bachmann 1.5 percent.

Katrina Trinko at National Review Online notes:

Every winner of Florida’s Presidency 5 straw poll has gone on to win the GOP nomination.

Ronald Reagan won the first P5 in 1979.

A personal observation about Herman Cain from my corner of the world: In talking with, or just overhearing, various friends, family, professional acquaintances, people at the next table at the restaurant, etc., I’ve noticed that lately Cain is getting a little more air under his wings in a “I kind of like that Cain guy” sort of way. We’ll see what kind of a lift this gives him, but his name recognition is certainly on the rise, and today’s straw poll results might give him added momentum.

For an explanation of how the P5 works click here.

**Written by Doug Powers

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