Politics

…97…98…99: Santorum Stops in All Iowa Counties

The tried and true formula for winning statewide contests in Iowa has been (A) visit all 99 counties, (B) build organizations in all 99 counties and (C) turn-out the vote in all 99 counties.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be able to check-off (A) from that list Wednesday.

Santorum's campaign meet-and-greet in Maquoketa, in Jackson County will mark the 99th Iowa county visited.

In a press release, Santorum says, "When I entered this race, I committed to holding campaign events in all 99 Iowa counties because I believe that all Iowans should have the opportunity to meet, question and kick the tires of presidential candidates seeking their votes."

Unless a significant investment of time is made by other candidates, Santorum will be the only candidate to figurative lap the entire state before the January 3 caucuses.

According to the Des Moines Register's ‘Candidate Tracker' website, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is a distant second in number of Iowa campaign events (98) and counties visited (37).

Steve Brown is an author, radio broadcaster and seminary professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.