Herman Cain 2012 Presidential Announcement Coming Soon

05/08/2011 01:33 pm ET | Updated Jul 08, 2011

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign for the next election season at an upcoming event in his hometown of Atlanta, CNN reports.

In an email dispatched on Sunday morning, Cain alerted his supporters to "save the date" May 21 for an announcement rally in the Peach State.

"After coming out as the clear victor of the first Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, this past Thursday, Herman Cain has come closer to making a final decision regarding a bid for the White House," the email said. "He will announce this decision at a free, public rally in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia."

At the first GOP presidential primary forum of the election season last week, Cain proved to be a smash hit with his performance among conservatives. HuffPost's Sam Stein reported shortly after the end of the debate:

Conservative messaging guru Frank Luntz polls crowds after big events for their instantaneous reaction. And in the case of the GOP presidential debate, the results were pretty remarkable (even though the whole thing is entirely unscientific).

The crowd of roughly 30 unanimously said that pizza magnate Herman Cain won the debate. Only one of them went into the evening supporting Cain. A clear majority -- citing his “straight talk” on the economy and his capacity to criticize the president -- said they would now support his presidential campaign.

“I have never had this kind of reaction until tonight,” said Luntz. “Something very special happened this evening.”

While Cain is considered to be a longshot candidate in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, the presidential aspirant nevertheless seems to be finding success in reaching conservative voters.

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