Embattled Republican presidential candidate and restaurant executive Herman Cain is expected to endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday, according to a Fox News report
that cited a source familiar with the situation.
Cain opted to suspend his own campaign for the White House after a number of sexual harassment claims against him were revealed and a bombshell accusation of a 13-year extra-marital affair surfaced.
"These false and unproved allegations continue to be spinned in the media and in the court of public opinion so as to create a cloud of doubt over me and this campaign and my family," Cain explained to a crowd of supporters on Saturday.
Gingrich and Cain have appeared to agree on many issues in recent debates, and Fox News reported that the two men had met privately after Cain's announcement on Saturday.
The Gingrich campaign has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. on Monday.
The latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll reflected Gingrich's appeal among Iowa voters, placing him in the lead with 25 percent of the vote, according to USA Today
. Congressmen Ron Paul took second place in the Iowa Poll, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney came in third. However, only 28 percent of those surveyed in Iowa said they have firmly made up their mind on the GOP presidential field that has been presented to them.
The Cain campaign had drawn support from disaffected Conservative Independents, and, while some of Cain's supporters will migrate to the Paul campaign, Cain's endorsement of Newt Gingrich would likely lead to further growth in Gingrich's appeal.