Herman Cain is suspending his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.

Cain, a black former pizza magnate turned hero of the Tea Party right, told a crowd of supporters in his home base of Atlanta, Georgia, that he had made the decision because of the hurt caused to his family and message by allegations he insisted were false.

“As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Cain told the crowd, who had spent several hours gathered outside a building that was to have opened Saturday as Cain’s national campaign headquarters.