Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is to announce Monday his official bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination while speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. Tea Party favorite, Herman Cain, beat Pawlenty to the punch yesterday speaking before a large enthusiastic crowd at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The former CEO of Godfathers Pizza and past executive for Burger King made his bid to take the White House from Barack Obama on Saturday. They join Newt Gingrich and Tea party godfather Ron Paul whom have already confirmed their campaigns. Meanwhile, alleged front-runner, Mitt Romney, spent more time in South Carolina attempting to convince voters that he is conservative enough for them. Herman Cain may be the actual front-runner, after his performance at a debate held in South Carolina two weeks ago where pollster Frank Luntz held a focus group that was extremely impressed by Cain.

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Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is set to announce his 2012 bid for the White House on Monday. Image Credit: Carrie Devorah/WENN.com.

With potential candidates like Mike Huckabee, Hailey Barbour and now Mitch Daniels officially removing themselves from the field, only a handful of additional candidates remain in the wings. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has made it clear that she may enter the race within the next week or two. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has already formed an exploratory committee and has been on-the-stump making appearances in Iowa and New Hampshire. Mitt Romney, too, has formed his committee but has yet to make his bid official. Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is still considering a possible run, but may not make a formal decision until late summer.

So with an announce yesterday by Herman Cain, and one Monday by Tim Pawlenty, the 2012 Republican presidential campaign is beginning to shape up. Candidates are transitioning from just having exploratory committees, like Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson, to actually running like Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. Even with the potential cast of characters running or considering a run now, the GOP Establishment still seems unhappy with the available choices. Are any of them capable of winning the White House from Barack Obama?

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