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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (RINO-Lexington) brought in three out-of-state governors in an effort to draw a crowd to her reelection kickoff event in Greenville, S.C. this weekend.

It didn’t work …

In fact Haley’s so-called “movement” completely failed to materialize, leaving the governor on the receiving end of some unflattering mainstream media attention.

“In terms of size and excitement, the event failed to meet expectations,” noted The Daily Beast.

Reuters pegged the size of Haley’s crowd at sixty – less than half the number we were provided yesterday by Haley supporters. CNN estimated the crowd at “about 100.”

Democrats pounced on the lack of enthusiasm for Haley’s kickoff event.

“Despite bringing in (three) big-name out-of-state governors to help her build a crowd, Nikki Haley barely turned out more supporters than protesters for her big reelection announcement in deep-red Greenville County yesterday,” S.C. Democratic Party spokeswoman Kristin Sosanie said. “The anemic crows shows that voters – even Republicans – have had it with Nikki Haley’s failures.”

A damning photo has been making the rounds in Republican circles comparing Haley’s poorly attended rally with the packed house that showed up for U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s “Faith and Freedom” barbecue rally held a few hours later.

Take a look …

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Ouch …

Additionally, a Republican Party operative tells FITS a crowd of nearly 300 is expected for a barbecue event on Tuesday evening featuring U.S. Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Trey Gowdy.

“That will make Nikki’s announcement the third largest GOP event this week,” the operative said.

National operatives have been blowing up our phone all morning expressing shock at the paltry crowd drawn by Haley – who welcomed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to her event.

“Those pictures are embarrassing,” one Washington, D.C.-based limited government advocate told us. “I can’t imagine what those governors were thinking.”

Haley has struggled to draw crowds ever since she was abandoned by the Tea Party a few months into her disastrous first term in office (here and here). However given the time her campaign spent promoting this event – including personal appeals by the three visiting governors – we expected her to get at least a few hundred people to turn out (especially in the middle of diehard “Republican” Greenville).

Oh well …