GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is claiming bragging rights by being the first contender to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties in this years primary race. Santorum visited his 99th county, Jackson County, on Wednesday night. Most observers, however, doubt that his excessive traveling in the state will guarantee success at caucus time.
Historically, other candidates have completed the same feat and gone on to defeat. John Edwards visited all 99 counties in both 2004 and 2008, failing to win either time. Bill Richardson took home only 2% of the vote in the 2008 caucus after visiting each county as well.
Santorum is currently polling in the mid single digits in Iowa. History seems to be repeating itself.