Nigel Farage held a rally on Sunday in what he hopes will be his future constituency of South Thanet and by his own account it was a huge success.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 18, 2015
The true figure was quickly called into question.
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) January 18, 2015
Nigel Farage needs to work on his counting. pic.twitter.com/lpSxJB9eJF— JamieDMJ (@JamieDMJ) January 18, 2015
@Nigel_Farage looks more like 50.— Sheila Brown (@Busty1956) January 18, 2015
— Ian Wolf (@ianwolf) January 18, 2015
@Nigel_Farage Are the other 350 arriving from behind you?— tom_watson (@tom_watson) January 19, 2015
Undaunted, Farage posted another view of the rally although the 500 figure was still a little generous.
Another snap of the start our of action day in South Thanet yesterday. Street full, venue full, and more arriving! pic.twitter.com/bzn58FsERu— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 19, 2015
@Nigel_Farage must be up to 25000 by your count now then Nige...— claretdownsouth (@andybee1965) January 19, 2015
Maybe The Poke has an explanation for it all...
Farage is contesting the South Thanet seat in May's general election although the Tories have vowed to stop him.
Lord Ashcroft's polling, carried out last November, suggests the Tories are gaining momentum after a survey by Survation a year earlier found that Ukip was in second place (30%) to Labour (34%), with the Tories trailing two points behind (28%).
Questions have also been raised about how much time Farage, 50, has spent out in South Thanet, since been selected as Ukip's parliamentary candidate in August.
Conservative sources tell HuffPost UK that since being selected as Ukip's candidate for the Kent seat in August, Farage has only turned up in the constituency, which includes the towns of Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs, three times to campaign.
Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay, a local Medway councillor, quipped: "I'm on the streets of Thanet in a week more than Nigel has been since August."