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Even as this primary season tests many of the traditional rules of presidential politics, Herman Cain’s political demise serves as a vivid reminder that the fundamental laws of campaign gravity still apply.
The contours of the playing field might have changed — the campaign is now being contested mostly on the debate stage, cable television and the internet – but the expectations of voters remain the same.
Cain, who exited the race Saturday over allegations of sexual impropriety, demonstrated that candidates still must have a grasp on the issues, possess some degree of political experience and retain a competent staff.