Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty abandoned his bid for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday after a disappointing finish in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.
"We needed a boost from Ames that didn't happen," Pawlenty told staff on a conference call Sunday morning, CNN learned.
Speaking to ABC's "This Week," Pawlenty said his campaign needed a lift in the straw poll.
"The pathway forward for me doesn't really exist and so we're going to end the campaign," he said.
Pawlenty finished a distant third in the poll, behind Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
This is by far the smartest thing Tim Pawlenty has ever done. I can't wait until 2013, when there will be a whole subset of Republicans who will swear up and down that the GOP could have beaten President Obama if only they had nominated T-Paw, and I will gladly cop now to enjoying the concept of watching them invade Tea Party blogs to blame them for driving out their Great White Dope.
Mark that on your calendar.