Pawlenty to Pull Iowa Ads Off Air Three Days Before Ames Straw Poll

By MichaelJames

Aug 3, 2011 9:30pm

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe) reports:

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will pull his radio and TV ads off the Iowa airwaves three days before the Aug. 13 Ames straw poll in an effort to focus his resources on turnout at the highly-anticipated event.

“Ames is all about turnout so, of course, in the final few days we're focusing our resources towards getting our supporters to the straw poll,” Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant told ABC News. “We like the position we're in and the direction we're headed.”

Pawlenty has been touring Iowa relentlessly over the past few weeks, at one point trekking around the state in an RV. Later this week, he embarks on another eight-day tour, planning to cover 1,366 miles as he hits 26 cities in 21 counties across the state.

The former Minnesota governor has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ad purchases in Iowa, part of his campaign’s massive push in the Hawkeye State. But come late next week, when the straw poll is just three days away, the Pawlenty campaign will turn its focus from the airwaves to phone calls and mailers to supporters reminding them to turn out on their behalf in Ames.

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