Fresh off straw poll, Pawlenty heads back to New Hampshire

Fresh off a third place finish in Saturday's presidential straw poll in New Hampshire, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is heading to the Granite State Monday as part of his book tour. 

Pawlenty has an afternoon book signing in Manchester followed by a speech to the Merrimack County GOP. On Tuesday, Pawlenty speaks at a Politics and Eggs breakfast before a second book signing. 

Trips to New Hampshire and Iowa, where Pawlenty will be next weekend, round out the former governor's tour, which has served as a prelude to an expected presidential run in 2012. Pawlenty kicked off the tour earlier this month at an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where he said he was close to making an official decision on 2012. 

It's far too early to truly read much into Saturday's straw poll results, but Pawlenty did finish above every other rumored top-tier contender, aside from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. 

Romney easily took the straw poll over the weekend with 35 percent of the vote. Second was Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who earned 11 percent, followed by Pawlenty with 8 percent. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin won 7 percent Saturday, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann, won garnered 5 percent. 

Two potential GOP hopefuls failed to earn a single vote in Saturday's poll -- Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and former Utah Gov. and current Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.