AP: Tim Pawlenty To Bow Out Of 2012 Race
AP: Pawlenty Plans To Bow Out Of 2012 RaceAugust 14, 2011
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, the Associated Press reports.
Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce on ABC's This Week that he was ending his campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.
NPR has not independently confirmed this report.
The poll was a test of organizational strength and popularity in the state whose caucuses lead off the GOP nomination fight.
Pawlenty had struggled to gain traction in Iowa, a state he had said he must win, after laying the groundwork for a campaign for nearly two years.
He's been eclipsed in polls in recent months by his Minnesota rival, Rep. Michele Bachmann. She won the straw poll on Saturday.