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Pawlenty weighs in on how GOP stragglers can stay in the presidential race

The former Minnesota governor says he left the 2012 race too early, and he’s now seen as a cautionary tale for those low in the polls.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who’s maybe too-early withdrawal from the 2012 GOP presidential race is seen as a cautionary tale for candidates, says low-polling candidates don’t need all that much money to stay in the game.

He’s cited in a Washington Post story about why the many Republican candidates who seemingly don’t have a chance of getting the nomination stay in the race.

The story says:

The run-up to Wednesday’s Republican debate has been brutal for [Rand] Paul and no fun for the other half-dozen candidates mired in low single digits. Yet none of these candidates appear to be looking at the exits — even as some donors suggest that they should. 

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The story says Pawlenty now regrets getting out of the 2012 race so early, and it quotes him on how a candidate running below the radar can keep going on fumes:

The candidates who are really low in the polls don’t have big campaign operations to maintain. Your friends, your family, your cousins — they can kind of keep you going with gas money as college kids hit the trail for you. You don’t need Hilton money. You can get by with Motel 6 money.