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July 6, 2020 -- Herman Cain, a businessman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, tested positive for the coronavirus and is being treated in an Atlanta-area hospital, Cain’s staff said in a statement posted Thursday on Twitter.

The statement said Cain, 74, learned Monday that he’d tested positive and on Wednesday “had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization.” He was admitted to the hospital Wednesday and is resting comfortably, the statement said. He’s not on a respirator.

“There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus, but we do know he is a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer,” the statement said. “With God’s help, we are confident he will make a quick and complete recovery.”

Cain recently attended President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa and was pictured in a tweet from the event.

According to Fox News, Cain “successfully steered food chains like Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza to profitability” before running for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012.

His campaign was derailed by allegations of sexual misconduct while he served as CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. He denied the accusations but dropped out of the race.

Cain used to be the host of a political talk show on Atlanta radio station WSB, according to WSB-TV. He is currently the host of The Herman Cain Show at HermainCain.com and Herman Cain's American on NewsmaxTV, WSB said.

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Sources

Herman Cain Twitter feed

Fox News. “Herman Cain hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus”

WSB-TV. “Former presidential candidate and WSB radio host Herman Cain hospitalized in Atlanta after COVID-19 diagnosis”

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