UPDATED 5:12 p.m.: Herman Cain will not be speaking at Washington and Lee University's Mock Convention on Friday night, according to the school's twitter account.
Jon Huntsman and J.C. Watts were still scheduled to speak.
A 108-year tradition continues this weekend in Lexington. Washington and Lee University's Mock Convention will attempt to predict the Republican nominee for President. Friday afternoon, students heard from state and national Republican leaders.
From the parade down Main Street earlier in the day to a convention floor with all the trappings of a national political gathering, it was clear that Washingotn and Lee and its student body take this political exercise seriously.
Every four years, the convention predicts the nominee of the party out of power. Friday afternoon, two of the state's top Republicans led off in what promises to be a rough weekend here for President Obama.
"I can tell you that we need a President who will adhere to the constitution and the rule of law," said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, "upholding the oath of office, not abandoning it, and (a president) who will stop these assaults on our liberty."
Governor Bob McDonnell also addressed the convention. We need somebody who will take responsibility, set a vision, and get things done for the people of America. And that's what you'll get with a Republican President," he said.
Four years ago, W&L students predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for President, but over the last 108 years the Mock Convention's track record has been very good, making it one of the most accurate events of its kind in the nation.
There was no live elephant Friday morning, but day two of the Washington and Lee University Mock Convention got off to a colorful start with a parade through downtown Lexington.
The parade through downtown Lexington started a few minutes late, but an event that's known for its irreverence went off without a hitch. Hundreds of people lined Main Street in downtown Lexington to see the floats from each state delegation.
Organizers had lined up a live pachyderm for the parade, but decided to pull it from the line-up after an animal rights group raised objections.