Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is hitting up the primary states in a serious way: he'll go to Iowa for the second time in just over six months on April 17, when he goes there to headline Iowans for Tax Relief's 2010 Iowa Taxpayers' Day event at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Northwest in Des Moines.

Pawlenty is charging trough the key presidential primary states as hard as any other 2012 contender.

By the time he returns to Iowa, Pawlenty will have already been to New Hampshire twice and Florida once in the past 6 1/2 months. The governor traveled to Iowa in November to keynote a GOP fundraiser at the Iowa state fairgrounds; he went to Florida in the same month to speak to The Forum Club of Southwest Florida; he traveled to New Hampshire in December to keynote the NH GOP's state senate campaign PAC; and he'll visit New Hampshire again March 25 to headline the Manchester Republican Committee's Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner.

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