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Pawlenty's Iowa swing may foreshadow 2012 bid

WAVERLY (KWWL) -- A three day tour by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty could be a preview of a 2012 presidential run.

Pawlenty says he's in Iowa to help Republicans on the fall ballot. He promoted local candidates and financially contributed to many of their campaigns at stops in Dubuque, Waverly and Cedar Rapids.

But he's also been building connections with opinion leaders who will prove critical if he enters the presidential race. Iowa hosts the leadoff caucuses that start the nominating process.

The political die-hards giving up summer days to scope Pawlenty out say he's made a good initial impression, but it will take more than one visit to seal their support.

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