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Politics

Republican Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, will end his bid for the GOP nomination after a disapppointing third place finish in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll.

In a conference call with supporters, Pawlenty explained how his campaign needed a boost in the Ames poll, which it had failed to get.

Pawlenty finished a distant third, behind Reps. Michele Bachman and Ron Paul of Texas.

Pawlenty had pitched his canidacy as the one which could unite the GOP’s different conservative streams.

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But the strategy left him witout a clear base of support.

Pawlenty is slated to announce his withdrawal later in a television appearance. The call to supporters was widely reported.

Photos: Scenes from the Iowa Straw Poll


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