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Pawlenty raises $4.5M so far for GOP primary

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PHILIP ELLIOTT | July 15, 2011 09:29 AM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is set to report that he has raised $4.5 million so far and has some $2 million in the bank.

The former Minnesota governor's campaign says it will report about $1.4 million in cash on hand for the primary contest. Another $600,000 will be available only if he wins the GOP nomination.

Those tallies include roughly $160,000 he brought in during the first days of his campaign, before the current April-to-June reporting period began.

Friday is the deadline for presidential contenders to file their second quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission. The reports – showing their donors, spending and debt – will be early barometers of each campaign's viability.