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Former GA Gov. Perdue switches from Gingrich to Pawlenty

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue today jumped from backing Newt Gingrich to supporting Tim Pawlenty, and will join Pawlenty’s leadership team, officials with Pawlenty’s camp have confirmed.

WASHINGTON — Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue today jumped from backing Newt Gingrich to supporting Tim Pawlenty, and will join Pawlenty’s leadership team, officials with Pawlenty’s camp have confirmed.

The AP’s Brian Bakst broke this part of the Gingrich story, which is rapidly developing at this point after his entire top leadership team and most staffers quit the flagging campaign en masse earlier today.

Perdue, up to this morning, was a national co-chairman of Gingrich’s campaign.

Update: The Pawlenty camp is out with a release touting the move. 

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Says Perdue in a statement: “Tim Pawlenty is a great man, he was a phenomenal governor, and he is the person I now believe stands the greatest chance of defeating President Obama. He is the only candidate who has laid out a real plan to grow the American economy, and his track record in Minnesota is proof he’s the right man for the job.”