Tim Pawlenty scores 6 percent in 2012 presidential poll

For all his national political posturing, Tim Pawlenty is still light years away from even being considered a serious contender in the 2012 presidential race.

A new poll indicates only 6 percent of Republican voters nationally want Pawlenty to be their candidate.

Mitt Romney has taken a strong lead with 25 percent, according to the McClatchy-Marist poll. Sarah Palin follows with 18 percent; Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee tied for third with 16 percent each.

Just yesterday, Pawlenty's Political Action Committee announced campaign contributions to more than 30 Republican candidates running in New Hampshire races. Dollar amounts ranged from $250 - $5,000 (Click here for the full list of candidates and donation amounts).

"Voters around the country know government spending is out of control," says Pawlenty in a press release. "This fall, New Hampshire voters will say 'enough' and send a message. Each of these candidates will fight to hold the line on taxes and cut spending - I'm proud to endorse them."

The poll was conducted last week, so it's yet to be seen if throwing around some cash will play into his national popularity. Read the full results here.

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