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.