Former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty was surely not having the best of campaigns this year. Finishing third in the Iowa straw poll was an indication of his performance so far; his opponent Michelle Bachmann was surely ahead of him by quite some margin. Despite finishing third in the straw poll, most of the experts didn’t rule him out of the forthcoming elections; straw poll is nothing more than a ‘beauty contest’ organized at a very small scale. Sadly, Tim Pawlenty’s beliefs are contrary. Los Angeles Times reported that in an interview to Jake Tapper (an ABC News correspondent), Tim Pawlenty announced that he is no more contesting in the upcoming elections. According to him, the humiliation of finishing third in the straw poll is too much for him.
It is reported that Republican contender, Tim Pawlenty, had difficulties generating funds from his party. That was quite a huge reason behind a weaker election campaign for him. Apart from that, critics claim that his direct attack on Michelle Bachmann during the GOP debate at the Iowa State University, led to his downfall as well. While talking about her eligibility, Tim Pawlenty said, “Is she unqualified, or is she just leading you in the polls?” Bachmann responded fiercely by establishing herself as a ‘fighter’ and proving that Tim Pawlenty was nothing more than a failed governor.
Tim Pawlenty apologized to all his supporters for not contesting anymore. He said, “I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist.”
Well, with Tim Pawlenty’s withdrawal, who is going to benefit the most? Would this augment the chances of Michelle Bachmann’s victory?