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Another departure from Team Newt

The Pawlenty campaign just announced that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) -- who was serving as Newt Gingrich's national campaign co-chair -- will now be endorsing Pawlenty.

Pawlenty's campaign manager, Nick Ayers, was a former top aide to Perdue.

Said Perdue, in a statement released by the Pawlenty campaign:

Tim Pawlenty is a great man, he was a phenomenal governor, and he is the person I now believe stands the greatest chance of defeating President Obama. He is the only candidate who has laid out a real plan to grow the American economy, and his track record in Minnesota is proof he's the right man for the job.