How Pawlenty decided to drop out

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First Read: “We’ve learned that Pawlenty could see the writing on the wall Saturday at the straw poll at about 2:00 pm. The campaign had sold about 3,000 tickets, and when it saw the high turnout, they knew it would hurt them. Pawlenty made the decision to end the campaign that night after seeing the results and after conferring with his wife, Mary. He then finalized the decision the next morning after talking to his wife again at about 5:30 am, about two hours before the news broke of his conference call with supporters. His reasoning, according to our reporting? Pawlenty felt he needed a boost out of the straw poll for momentum and fundraising. His resources had dried up and instead of cutting half the staff, and having another week of bad stories, he cut bait.”

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