Gingrich aide: Romney packed the debate hall with his supporters

“They definitely packed the room,” Kevin Kellems, one of Gingrich’s senior advisers, told The Huffington Post early Friday morning. “The problem for them is their candidate, at several junctures, couldn’t remember what he had said before on an issue or what the fundamental truth is on a given topic. TV viewers tend to notice and remember things like that.”

A more junior member of the Gingrich campaign said in an email that it was “obvious” that the Romney campaign had worked to make sure the audience was overly favorable toward the former Massachusetts governor.

“I was getting calls and emails from all over saying this,” the junior aide said. “Just average people saying, ‘Wait a minute.'”

The campaign staffer noted that the Florida Republican Party had “picked 900 plus seats.”