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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Minnesota's budget shortfall is the result of the national and international "economic collapse" affecting nearly all states' budgets. (Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau)

As others see it: Pawlenty put too much stock in Iowa

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Weeks and certainly months from now, Tim Pawlenty's withdrawal from the 2012 Republican presidential race will barely be remembered. Nationally, that already might be the case. Plus, it's a reality of presidential politics. ...

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In Pawlenty's case, it appears image was everything. And -- perhaps to his downfall -- he believed Iowa was, too.

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