Scott boldly predicted Saturday before votes were counted that the winner of the Republican Party of Florida straw poll would win that state’s primary, the primary winner would be the party’s nominee and that nominee would beat President Obama in November 2012.
Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza chief executive from Georgia, pulled an upset in the test vote, capturing the support of 986 delegates, more than double the 410 votes for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the closest runner-up.
“Now he has the motivation to raise money. He went toe-to-toe with everybody and made a difference. It will have to help him. It’s fun.”
While all declared candidates were on the ballot, the first-tier candidates did not compete.
Scott repeatedly said the straw poll would propel a candidate to the nomination.
“Winning the straw poll is important, and I think it is very, very significant,” Cain said.