ABC News' Matthew Jaffe ( @jaffematt ) reports:
A spokesman for Tim Pawlenty confirms that the former Minnesota governor on Wednesday will launch an ad campaign in Iowa worth just under $50,000, a sign of the leadoff caucus state's importance to the Pawlenty bid.
"Governor Pawlenty is well positioned to unite conservatives and do well in both Iowa and New Hampshire. The soon-to-be-unveiled TV ads will introduce the Governor to Iowans about why he is the candidate with the strongest record and best results, not rhetoric," says spokesman Alex Conant.
The ad campaign, set to run from June 22 to July 3, will air in the following Hawkeye State markets: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Omaha, Ottumwa, Rochester, and Sioux City, all part of an effort to drum up support for Pawlenty ahead of the Ames straw poll in August.
Pawlenty has got to make a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses if he is to challenge for the Republican nomination. He launched his campaign in Des Moines late last month and has made it a point to log hours on the ground there talking to voters.