Sarah Palin may have called Herman Cain the Flavor of the Week, but that week is suddenly getting bigger and longer – extraordinarily so. The Georgian just won the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) straw poll today with a whopping 48.9% of the vote out of the nine candidates. Perry came in a distant second with 14%, Romney third with 13.

“In a straw poll with this many candidates on the ballot, it is unusual for one candidate to receive almost half of the votes,” said Karen Floyd, former chair of the South Carolina Republican Party and publisher of, which conducted the poll. “It is very impressive.”

Each of the nine candidates on the ballot were invited to address the NFRW convention in Kansas City, Mo., but only Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum accepted.

Gingrich came in fourth place with 12.5 percent of the vote, while Santorum was fifth with 6.9 percent.

Michele Bachmann, at a woman’s straw poll, received less than two percent. Time to drop out?