Newt Gingrich was supposed to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston this morning. When only 25 people showed up in a room that fits 800, his campaign canceled. From a report by NBC's Ali Weinberg:
"The campaign came to a mutual agreement with the organizers that based on attendance, we would go ahead and spend more time with the children of Charleston at the children's hospital," said campaign press manager Nathan Naidu, referring to Gingrich's next campaign stop at the Medical University of South Carolina childrens' hospital. Erin Callanan, the press liaison for the conference, attributed the cancellation to "conflicting schedules." "We're disappointed but we wish him well in the rest of his candidacy," she said to reporters after the cancellation was announced. "He's a presidential candidate. It's what comes with the schedule. You've got to be flexible."
Ali says that things picked up after Ron Paul started talking, but still only about a hundred people were there. Maybe it's not just Newt.