Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick just canceled his event at Morehouse College in Atlanta when he arrived and was told only two people were in the audience.
Julian Hemmings, president and founder of New Deal Democrats at Morehouse College who organized the event, told CNN that Patrick, who announced last week he is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, was invited to come to Morehouse yesterday, so this event tonight was planned on very short notice.
Patrick is in Atlanta, where tonight's Democratic debate is being held. Patrick will not be on the stage tonight because he announced his candidacy after the qualification deadline.
Up until five minutes before the event, no one was in the audience. Then, two female students entered, who told CNN that organizers of the event asked them to attend as they were passing by in the hallway.
According to Hemmings, when Patrick arrived earlier this evening and was told only two people were in the audience, he decided to cancel the event.