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The Slow End of a Campaign Online

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 17 2011

Tim Pawlenty's online campaign is taking a long time to die.

After placing third in the Ames Straw Poll last weekend, the former Minnesota governor released a new online ad and announced on Twitter that he was looking forward to the next step in his campaign.

The next day, Sunday, he conceded on national television that the next step would be to withdraw. On Monday, he conceded on Twitter. But his campaign website looked for all the world like he was still running.

While that Twitter concession made it onto his website yesterday — below a slideshow of graphics advertising his campaign and new campaign ads — only today is there an official statement up from Pawlenty explaining his next steps.

"Today, Mary and I are driving Anna to start her freshman year at college. As we reflect on this family milestone, we're reminded of what matters most," the statement reads. "We will be taking time to prayerfully consider what is next. One thing is for sure, I remain committed to turning this country around, getting a Republican elected to the White House and advancing the values we share in common and hold so dear."