FILE - In this March 7, 2011 file photo, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks in Waukee, Iowa. Pawlenty, struggling for name recognition against better-known Republicans eying the presidency, told supporters on Monday that he will take the first formal step toward seeking the nomination, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
August 14, 2011 6:33:59 AM PDT
By BRIAN BAKST Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - August 14, 2011 --
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll.