Tim Pawlenty eighth in new GOP presidential poll

Pawlenty appeared on "The Daily Show" last week.
Pawlenty appeared on "The Daily Show" last week.

Tim Pawlenty spent a week-long media blitz in support of his new book and presidential ambitions, chatting up everyone from Jon Stewart to Bryan Fischer.

But it's hard to get the attention of the Republican base when you're facing off against a preacher with a cable show, and media troll yammering on about "blood libel." Pawlenty's eighth in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll of possible GOP presidential candidates.

Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin still lead the crowd, with 21 percent and 19 percent support respectively. Pawlenty polled a meager 2 percent.

It's a familiar spot of late for our former governor. Yet he seems pretty intent on playing nice with the the leaders of the pack. T-Paw told fans at a Woodbury Christian bookstore that, "I'm not trying to out-preach my friend Mike Huckabee." And he's spent a lot of time dancing around Palin's ego. Maybe it's time to take the gloves off.

Here's how he stacks up in the ABC News/Washington Post poll:

  • Mike Huckabee: 21%
  • Sarah Palin: 19%
  • Mitt Romney: 17%
  • Newt Gingrich: 9%
  • Chris Christie: 8%
  • Rick Perry: 3%
  • Mitch Daniels: 2%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 2%
  • Mike Pence: 2%
  • Haley Barbour: 1%
  • Jim DeMint: 1%
  • Jon Huntsman: 1%
  • Rick Santorum: 1%

Read more about the poll here.

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