Cain making announcement about 2012 bid Saturday

(AP) - Rapidly becoming a mere footnote in thepresidential race, Herman Cain sent mixed signals Friday on whetherhe would abandon his beleaguered White House bid

ROCK HILL, S.C. - (AP) - Rapidly becoming a mere footnote in thepresidential race, Herman Cain sent mixed signals Friday on whetherhe would abandon his beleaguered White House bid on Saturday aftera woman's allegation of an extramarital affair. He said he would make a "major announcement" on whether hewould press on - at an event still being billed as the grandopening of a new headquarters. It is the latest - and perhaps final - twist in a campaign sagathat has taken the Georgia businessman from unknown longshot tosurprise frontrunner to embattled tabloid subject. He arrived at his suburban Atlanta home on Friday afternoon totalk with his wife of 42 years, Gloria, about whether to press onafter his campaign was rocked by multiple sexual harassmentallegations and this week's claim that he had a 13-year affair. Hedenies wrongdoing. It was their first face-to-face meeting sincethe allegation was made public. Earlier, in a speech in Rock Hill, S.C., Cain wouldn't disclosewhether he would drop out but told supporters to stay tuned. Hesaid he would clarify the next steps of the campaign and assuredbackers the affair claim was "garbage." But he also said heneeded to consider what he would do with campaign donations alreadybanked if he dropped out of the race. "Nobody's going to make me make that prematurely," Cain told acrowd of about 100 people. "That's all there is to it." "My wife and family comes first. I've got to take that intoconsideration," Cain added. "I don't doubt the support that Ihave. Just look at the people who are here." Cain had not seen his wife since Ginger White, 46, came forwardand said she had a sexual affair with Cain that lasted more than adecade. He has said they were only friends but acknowledged that hehelped pay her monthly bills and expenses. His wife, Cain said, didnot know of the friendship with White. The former Godfather's pizza executive said he is reassessingwhether his presidential bid is still viable. But it was difficult to imagine a path forward with just a monthuntil the lead-off Iowa caucuses. Polls suggest his popularity has taken a deep hit. A Des Moines Register poll released Friday showed Cain's supportplummeting, with backing from 8 percent of Republican caucusgoersin Iowa, down from 23 percent a month ago.

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