That was fast. Former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty becomes the first casualty of the 2012 GOP nomination.
Only hours after his distant third-place finish at the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, the anti-gay Republican announced that he was dropping out of the race. Pawlenty earned less than half the votes of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, the winner of the Straw Poll.
Pawlenty's move comes one day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race. Perry says that he hoped to win Pawlenty's endorsement in his presidential bid.