TIM PAWLENTY 2012
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Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty started campaigning early. He took up residence in Iowa. He stumped in front of Tea Party faithful. He upped his investment in religiosity. His campaign produced action movie ads. And in the Ames Straw Poll, he finished third, which was actually ahead of the let's-finish-better-than-sixth-place expectations his campaign had set in advance. But in the end, none of it was enough.