Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty Ends 2012 White House Bid

Sunday, August 14th, 2011 at 9:19 am

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is no longer in the race for the GOP presidential nomination after he dropped out on Sunday. Pawlenty finished a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.

“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,” Pawlenty said on ABC’s “This Week” from Iowa.

“I thought I would have made a great president, but obviously that pathway isn’t there,” Pawlenty said. “I do believe we’re going to have a very good candidate who is going to beat Barack Obama.”

After spending years laying the groundwork for this campaign, Pawlenty unexpectedly had to battle Rep. Michele Bachmann after she entered into the race. Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll, a test of organizational strength and popularity in the state whose caucuses lead off the GOP nomination fight.

Pawlenty needed a strong showing in the poll to continue with his campaign, but Bachmann got two times as many votes as him. Pawlenty also finished behind Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

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