The first casualty of the 2012 presidential race is Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, according to CNN. Pawlenty quit his run last Sunday after what CNN called a “disappointing” finish in the Ames Straw Poll, although he came in a distant third.

Pawlenty was hoping the straw poll would help boost his chances in the race and lift his campaign up, he told to ABC’s “This Week.” However, the opposite happened for the campaign. “The pathway for me doesn’t really exist and so we’re going to end the campaign,” he said.

However he ended the campaign Sunday, he gave his supporters hope after the results Saturday, tweeting, “Congrats to Rep. Bachmann on her win. Our campaign needed to show progress and we did. I’m eager for the campaign ahead.”

Pawlenty said that he might consider endorsing a candidate later on during the presidential race, but he is completely against being someone’s vice president. “That’s not something I’m even going to consider,” he said on “This Week.”

Who do you think is going to be the next to bite the dust in the presidential race? Who do you think could go all the way? Sound off below.

Tim Pawlenty

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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