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Gingrich Plagued by Campaign Snafus in South Carolina

MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks at his party on primary night January 10, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  According to early results, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished first in the state's primary election. Romney has led a field of six GOP candidates in the polls by double digits going into to the primary, a second important test for presidential hopefuls. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich may be be within single digits of Mitt Romney in a recent private poll in South Carolina, after a pro-Gingrich super PAC blanketed the state with ads attacking Romney's time at Bain Capital, but some recent stumbles in his campaign hint at glaring organizational shortcomings that indicate the candidate may be out of his depth. First he was late to two events in Columbia on Thursday, then failed to show entirely at a barbecue in Duncan on Friday (giving Rick Santorum prime billing); appeared at a Q&A session at a black church on Saturday where none of the microphones seemed to work; flubbed a conference call with voters and reporters because of an invalid dial-in number; and, topping the whole thing off, Gingrich was booed at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huckabee when he dared to even mention Romney and Bain Capital.

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