The 2012 Republican presidential dropouts: Where are they now?

Herman Cain

altFew presidential contenders have left the field under worse circumstances than Cain, who was chased out by sexual harassment allegations that quickly spiraled out of control.

Cain initially endorsed Gingrich, appearing with him on the campaign trail in Florida, but later switched his loyalties to Romney when it became clear the former Massachusetts governor had the nomination in the bag.

Reluctant to let his signature 9-9-9 tax plan go to waste, Cain has been urging congressional candidates to embrace his plan, then endorsing them when they agree to do so. The candidates to come on board with 9-9-9 have mostly been obscure — including long-shot Senate candidates in California, Pennsylvania and Florida  — but former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who is challenging Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowCongress strikes deal on water bill with Flint aid Overnight Energy: Opponents aim to tie up Dakota pipeline for years | Gore meets Trump Overnight Finance: Trump takes victory lap at Carrier plant | House passes 'too big to fail' revamp | Trump econ team takes shape MORE (D) in Michigan, has backed it.

Most memorable from Cain’s post-campaign activity has been the series of bizarre and unsettling videos his Cain Connections PAC has produced, including one where a rabbit is shot, and another where a chicken pecks a farmer to death and then eats him, ostensibly to emphasize a point about the dangers of big government.

Pawlenty | Perry | Huntsman
Cain | Bachmann | Santorum