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If you build it, they will come ... to see Newt

Despite Newt Gingrich incredibly rough presidential rollout, his campaign team says that Gingrich is drawing fairly large crowds for this point in the cycle.

Spokesman Rick Tyler -- he of the "literati" statement -- tells First Read that more than 1,500 people so far have turned out to see Gingrich during his tour through Iowa.

"People are turning out in big numbers," Tyler says. "If anything the turnouts would have been bigger if the media coverage was positive and not negative." His count:

Dubuque - 130
Cedar Rapids - 97
Des Moines - 200
Mason City - 160
Waterloo - 110
Marshalltown - 178
Ames - 160
Carroll - 104
Atlantic - 75
Council Bluffs - 140
Onawa - 68
Sioux City -120