Despite low poll numbers in the latest Iowa survey of Republican presidential candidates, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is still a factor in the state, says the Iowa Republican.
The publication, which says its produces “News for Republicans, by Republicans,” had released a poll Monday showing Pawlenty with only 1 percent support. But another version of the poll — eliminating Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin because some political insiders don’t think they’ll ultimately be candidates — gives Pawlenty 3 percent.
Without Huckabee and Palin in the mix, the poll numbers show:
- Mitt Romney: 26 percent
- New Gingrich: 18 percent
- Ron Paul: 7 percent
- Pawlenty: 3 percent
- John Thune, Rick Perry and Rich Santorum each: 1 percent
- Undecided: 39 percent, presumably a good thing for Pawlenty.
Says the story about the poll:
“Tim Pawlenty shouldn’t be over-looked, either. The three percent in the poll indicates that he is moving the ball in the right direction and is making connections in Iowa. Pawlenty also has the benefit of having some major players with Iowa roots backing his potential campaign.
“Longtime political operatives Terry Nelson and Sara Taylor, two Iowa natives, are already on board with Pawlenty. Those two are joined by Chuck Larson, Jr., a well-connected former Iowa GOP Chair, state legislator, and Ambassador. Karen Slifka, a veteran of numerous presidential campaigns who has also served a stint with the RNC, is also on board with Pawlenty.”