Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann drew a miniscule crowd to a planned campaign event this afternoon in the northwest Iowa town of Early.

Although one woman said she drove from Des Moines to see the Minnesota congresswoman, most of the dozen or so people in attendance were employees of the Crossroads Restaurant and Lounge or diners who simply dropped by for lunch.

Bachmann’s staff said the event was hastily arranged after a planned pheasant hunt with Iowa Congressman Steve King fell through, preventing them from doing the phone calls and advertising that turns out crowds.