Cain shook hands with lawmakers Wednesday, the final day of a special session of the Legislature to deal with redistricting. Though the former radio show host and ex-Godfather's Pizza CEO is trailing in the polls nationally among Republicans seeking the nomination for president, Cain proved he's a hometown favorite, finishing first over the weekend in the Georgia Republican Party straw poll.
On Wednesday, he called the results a "tremendous vote of confidence." He said his supporters are a loyal bunch who "don't defect."
Greeted with cheers and applause, Cain told the Senate he was running for president because he "felt compelled to be another person to try and make a difference."
The General Assembly has welcomed all presidential candidates to stop by. Jon Huntsman visited the Georgia House last week.