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For Herman Cain, allegation of 'extended' affair comes as campaign fades

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(Read caption) Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in early November. In a rare moment of introspection Cain recently acknowledged that he thought the biggest misconception about him was that he was not serious. For an instant he seemed reflective, then he turned on the salesman's charm: "I'm Herman Cain," he said, grinning. "And I'm not running for second."

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Just as many predicted, the Herman Cain wave seems to be over.

Though he's still polling better than Rick Perry and Ron Paul, he's dropped way behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, and increasingly, the GOP nomination seems likely to come down to a race between those two.

And Monday afternoon, his woes seemed to grow as he told CNN – in advance of an allegation – that he is about to be accused of an extramarital affair by yet another woman.

The new allegations, he told CNN, will be of an extended affair with an Atlanta woman. But he insisted that – although he knows the woman – the allegations are false.

"Here we go again," he told Wolf Blitzer. "I didn't do anything wrong."

Meanwhile, the woman, Ginger White, told a local Fox news affiliate that she and Cain were involved in an extramarital affair for 13 years.


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