Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain delivers a speech about foreign policy at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., on Nov. 29, 2011.
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GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain appeared defiant at three events in Ohio today as he continued campaigning in the wake of Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White’s claims that they’d had a long extramarital affair, The Associated Press reported.

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But, Cain told Fox News, he’s still mulling over dropping out of the race, and he will make that decision within the week. "I've got to think about my family first," Cain said in a 20-minute interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "That is absolutely my No. 1 priority."

In the interview and also at his campaign stops, Cain described White’s claims and the accusations that he’s sexually harassed various women during his career as politically-motivated “character assassination.”

"They want you to believe that with another character assassination on me that I will drop out," Cain told a crowd of about 200 in Dayton, the AP reported. "One of the reasons they are trying to shoot me down and tear me down is the strength of my message that resonates with the American people," he said.

In the Fox News interview, Cain said, “I can only conjecture that maybe I am the Democrats' worst nightmare if I win the nomination.”

Cain drew enthusiastic crowds in Ohio, the AP reported, and Cain told Fox News that he’d received “overwhelming” encouragement to stay in the race.

But some political experts think Cain’s campaign is already over.

"I don't see how they walk away from the damage that's been done and emerge as a viable primary candidate," Rick Wilson, a Florida-based GOP consultant told the AP. "All these things about Herman Cain keep coming out drip, drip, drip, and they're not handling it well. And now conservative Republicans have another place to go: Newt Gingrich."

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