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article imageRepublican Tim Pawlenty ends US presidential bid after straw poll

By Andrew Moran     Aug 14, 2011 in Politics
Ames - After coming in a distant third at this weekend's Iowa straw poll, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty withdrew his bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. Pawlenty formally announced his decision on ABC's "This Week."
The Iowa straw poll that took place this weekend saw U.S. Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann win, but was closely followed by former 1988 and 2008 Presidential Candidate Dr. Ron Paul. Tim Pawlenty, the ex-governor of Minnesota, finished a distant third in the poll.
Hours following the poll, Politico first reported that Pawlenty told supporters in a conference call that he was ending his bid for the nomination after failing to garner significant amount of donations and not gaining much in the polls.
During ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning, Pawlenty formally announced his decision to end his bid for the White House.
“I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn't exist so we are going to end the campaign,” said Pawlenty, who campaigned since the end of the 2008 Presidential Election.
“I thought I would have made a great president, but obviously that pathway isn't there. I do believe we're going to have a very good candidate who is going to beat Barack Obama.”
Despite hiring top campaign staffers and preparing for the campaign and throwing a lot of his money into Iowa before the straw poll, Pawlenty failed to gain any name recognition and could not hit it out of the ballpark in each of the last GOP debates.
Furthermore, his campaign was overshadowed by Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to run for president.
“Obviously, we had some success raising money, but we needed to continue that, and Ames was a benchmark for that,” added Pawlenty in the ABC interview. “And if we didn't do well in Ames, we weren't going to have the fuel to keep the car going down the road.”
Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are the remaining GOP candidates.
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