Candidates seeking Iowa boost look to 99-county tour
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -- Campaigning in Iowa, many presidential candidates see a path to success by visiting all 99 counties in the leadoff caucus state.
Is it a savvy strategy or just a campaign gimmick?
This week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum became the first to complete the all-county tour with a stop in the northwest corner of the state. Santorum eked out a victory in the 2012 Iowa caucuses using this approach.
Others pursuing the goal include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Santorum calls visiting all 99 counties an "awesome way to campaign." Critics of the strategy say it can be a poor use of time, given the limited number of voters in some areas.