Tim Pawlenty’s long, hard ride through Iowa will continue unabated through the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll as he pulls out all the stops to make a strong showing in the closely-watched (though ultimately meaningless) indication of how many Iowans each candidate can get on a bus to the event and pay the $30 admission for.
Pawlenty will average three events a day in the next week, reports the Wall Street Journal, as he rides past millions of acres of corn to cover the state.
Says the story:
While the Pawlenty campaign has tried to tamp down expectations on how it will fare in Ames, the last-minute push is yet another indicator of how much Mr. Pawlenty has staked on the straw poll, a major fund-raiser for the state GOP. His campaign estimates it will have spent $1 million in Iowa by Aug. 13. But the question will be whether Mr. Pawlenty can win over supporters of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), who has caught on with the state’s social conservatives.