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Slow-starting GOP ad race about to begin in Iowa
GOP ad spending lags behind 2012; Pawlenty ad buy in Iowa aimed at boost in August straw poll
By The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ' Presidential candidates have been slow to begin the television ad wars, but that may be about to change.

Republican media trackers report that Tim Pawlenty has reserved an estimated $200,000 of television advertising in the Des Moines media market to begin Monday and carry through the closely watched Iowa GOP straw poll in mid-August.

The former Minnesota governor is aggressively competing in the straw poll. Recent polls have shown Pawlenty polling in the single digits in his neighboring state, while home-state rival Michele Bachmann is near the top in Iowa.

Pawlenty is on pace to spend more than $430,000 in Iowa through mid-August. It's much more than any of his rivals but a far cry from the $1.5 million Mitt Romney spent in Iowa ahead of the 2007 straw poll.

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