(CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be closer to making a decision on a presidential run than previously thought.
A source close to Pawlenty said he will form an exploratory committee in two to three weeks, significantly sooner than most political observers expected.
But the official comment so far from Pawlenty staff is that he won't announce a decision until late March or April. And the former governor told Minnesota Public Radio on Tuesday that he would make a decision "sometime in the next 45 days or less."
Pawlenty has made several recent stops in early presidential states including Iowa and New Hampshire, and will visit South Carolina later this month to address an Aiken Republican Club luncheon.