Bil Browning

Pawlenty Leaves the Circus

Filed By Bil Browning | August 14, 2011 10:45 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: GOP, Jon Huntsman, presidential campaign, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty

Yesterday Rick Perry jumped in the GOP clown car, but apparently there is a limit to how many buffoons one of those contraptions can hold. This morning Minnesota Governor GOP-circus-elephant.jpgTim Pawlenty announced that he is dropping out of the race.

"We needed a boost from Ames that didn't happen," Pawlenty told staff on a conference call Sunday morning, CNN learned.

Speaking to ABC's "This Week," Pawlenty said his campaign needed a lift in the straw poll.

"The pathway forward for me doesn't really exist and so we're going to end the campaign," he said.

Pawlenty finished a distant third in the poll, behind Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Since no hardly any* candidate who's won the straw poll has ever actually won the nomination, this shows you how bad Pawlenty's campaign apparatus really was. I can't say I'm sorry to see him go.

So who will be the next to fall? Who'll drop out next? My money is on Jon Huntsman.

Update: Projector Matt writes in to point out my mistake. "While it hasn't been super reliable, I think the Ames Straw Poll has indeed had a winner who became a candidate and eventually president (George W. Bush in 1999)." Thanks Matt! I stand corrected.


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