Press Releases on Presidency 5 

September 24, 2011
Contact:  Brian Hughes, RPOF Comms. Director



Today at the Republican Party of Florida’s Presidency 5, 2,657 delegates cast their votes in the Party’s straw poll. The results of that straw poll are in and are as follows:

  1. Herman Cain, 37.1%
  2. Rick Perry, 15.4%
  3. Mitt Romney, 14.0%
  4. Rick Santorum, 10.9%
  5. Ron Paul, 10.4%
  6. Newt Gingrich, 8.4%
  7. Jon Huntsman, 2.3%
  8. Michele Bachmann, 1.5%                  

PRESS RELEASE from Friends of Herman Cain

For Immediate Release:
Saturday, September 24, 2011

For More Information:
Ellen Carmichael

Cain Sweeps Presidency 5 Poll, Garners Florida Endorsement

(Orlando, FL)- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain swept the Republican Party of Florida's "Presidency 5" straw poll today in Orlando, capping off his strongest fundraising and grassroots week since the establishment of his campaign in May 2011.
This week, Governor Rick Scott pointed out that the winner of the Presidency 5 straw poll would go on to win the nomination. He explained that former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, plus 1995 GOP nominee Bob Dole all won Florida straw polls.

"Thank you to the Republican voters for this incredible honor of being named the winner of the Presidency 5 straw poll in Florida today," Cain said. "This is a sign of our growing momentum and my candidacy that cannot be ignored. I will continue to share my message of 'common sense solutions' across this country and look forward to spending more time in Florida, a critical state for both the nomination and the general election."

On Friday evening, Scott Plakon, the Americans for Prosperity- Florida Legislator of the Year who represents the state's 37th district, endorsed Herman Cain in front of more than 1,000 cheering supporters at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Fla. Scott is best known as the sponsor of the Florida Health Care Freedom Act, slated to be Amendment 1 on Florida's 2012 general election ballot.

"I'm proud to support Herman Cain. Our country is suffering right now from bad ideas, bad policies and bad leadership. Herman Cain has the right ideas, the right policies and is a proven business and conservative leader," Scott explained. "Over the last few days at the Orange County Convention Center, I've seen him connect with Florida voters like few candidates I've ever seen. I look forward to working with Herman Cain to see him win Florida and to become the next President of the United States."

In addition to being named the victor of Thursday night's FOX News/ Google/ RPOF Republican presidential candidate debate and the straw poll, Cain spent the entire week in Florida, touring the Sunshine State on his nationwide "Common Sense Solutions Bus Tour," addressing CPAC Florida and speaking at the Presidency 5 festivities.



For Immediate Distribution:
News Release
Sept. 24, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry Statement on Florida P5 Straw Poll
AUSTIN – Texas Gov. Rick Perry today made the following statement regarding the Florida P5 straw poll:
“I want to congratulate Herman Cain on his victory today. Today's Florida P5 straw poll shows the conservative message of job creation, fiscal responsibility and limited government is gaining momentum. I also want to thank our Florida leadership for their support.”
“Floridians and voters nationally want a candidate who is clear on the issues and talks honestly about the future, not someone who takes multiple sides of an issue and changes views every election season. Today’s vote demonstrates that Floridians are energized and ready to help get America working again.”
For more information about Gov. Rick Perry’s record, presidential campaign and plan to get America working again, please visit:

RPOF Presidency 5 Convention and Straw Poll Schedule of Events for Saturday, September 24, 2011

GOP Elected Officials, Presidential Candidates and Surrogates to Address 5,000 Delegates and Activists

Orlando, FL – The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) today announced the schedule of events for the Presidency 5 Convention and Straw Poll to be held at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, September 24, 2011.  Republican elected officials and presidential contenders will address 5,000 delegates and activists throughout the final day of the 3 day meeting and convention. RPOF credentialed media are invited to attend. The schedule is provided below.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

8:00 a.m.         Doors Open to Convention Center, South Concourse
9:00 a.m.         Welcome – RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry
Invocation – Reverend Dr. Angel Rios
Pledge of Allegiance – Iris Roberts
National Anthem – Lou Galterio
Orange County Official Welcome – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Comments by Emcee – Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll
9:30 a.m.         Opening Address – Andrew Breitbart
10:00 a.m.       Remarks – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Remarks – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater  
Remarks – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
10:45 a.m.       Senate President Address – President Mike Haridopolos
Speaker of the House Address – Speaker Dean Cannon
11:15 a.m.       Republican National Committeeman Paul Senft
Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day
11:30 a.m.       Conclusion of Morning Program
1:00 p.m.         Speaker Designate Will Weatherford Introduces Special Video Presentation
Remarks – Wendy Bitner
Introduction of RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry
1:20 p.m.         Convene Presidency 5 Straw Poll and Convention – RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry
Recognition of P5 Committee Co-Chairs Lew Oliver, Blaise Ingoglia and Committee
Credentials Committee Report – Diane Simpson
1:40 p.m.         Afternoon Keynote Address – Florida Governor Rick Scott
2:00 p.m.         Republican Presidential Candidate and Surrogate Remarks
Ron Paul for President (expected)
                        Herman Cain for President (expected)
Rick Santorum for President (expected)
Newt Gingrich for President (expected)
Jon Huntsman for President (surrogate/video presentation expected)
Rick Perry for President (surrogate/video presentation expected)
4:00 p.m.         Explanation of Straw Poll process – Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Seminole County SOE Mike Ertel
Tellers distribute ballots to county chairs
Balloting commences
Tellers collect ballots
SOE Ertel tabulates ballots
5:00 p.m.         Introduction of County Roll call process – Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll
County Roll Call – County Delegation Chairs
5:45-6 p.m.      Announcement of Straw Poll Results – Florida Governor Rick Scott
Straw poll concludes, Presidency 5 adjourned – RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry
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