The slow end of Tim Pawlenty’s online campaign

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Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s online campaign took a long time to die, writes Nick Judd.

After placing third in the Ames Straw Poll on August 13, the former Minnesota governor released a new online ad and announced on Twitter that he was looking forward to the next step in his campaign.

The next day, Sunday, he conceded on national television that the next step would be to withdraw. On Monday, August 15, he conceded on Twitter. But his campaign website looked for all the world like he was still running.

While that Twitter concession made it onto his website by August 16 — below a slideshow of graphics advertising his campaign and new campaign ads — only on the 17th was there an official statement up from Pawlenty explaining his next steps.

“Today, Mary and I are driving Anna to start her freshman year at college. As we reflect on this family milestone, we’re reminded of what matters most,” the statement reads. “We will be taking time to prayerfully consider what is next. One thing is for sure, I remain committed to turning this country around, getting a Republican elected to the White House and advancing the values we share in common and hold so dear.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.