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By The Numbers: How many candidates are even attempting ‘The Full Grassley’

Rick Santorum -- Prezography 3By Bob Eschliman
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Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum completed “The Full Grassley” earlier this week, stopping in Lyon County in extreme northwest Iowa to celebrate hitting all 99 counties.

The fete, named for Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator, who has been traveling to all 99 counties of Iowa since his first election campaign, is the mark of a well-organized, grassroots-level campaign. And while not all 99 counties were traditional campaign stops — some were book signings, others were tours of small Iowa businesses followed by discussions with captive-audience workers, and at least one was admittedly little more than a gas stop on the way to another event — being the first to stop in every Iowa county is probably expected to give Santorum’s campaign a little added boost (he currently sits at 14th in The Iowa Statesman’s Presidential Polling Power Rankings) ahead of the Iowa Republican Caucus in February.

But how many of the GOP candidates are even trying to attempt “The Full Grassley” this cycle? A look at the numbers, as of Thursday morning, reveals some interesting campaign tactics:

Counties Reached
1. Rick Santorum        99
2. Mike Huckabee       51
3. Bobby Jindal           36
4. Rick Perry                35
5. Carly Fiorina           29
6. Scott Walker            28
7. Ben Carson              24
Lindsey Graham     24
9. Rand Paul                22
10. Donald Trump      14
11. Ted Cruz                 13
12. Jeb Bush                 12
Marco Rubio           12
14. Chris Christie         11
15. John Kasich             2
George Pataki          2
17. Jim Gilmore             1

Total Stops
1. Santorum   144
2. Jindal           81
3. Huckabee    76
4. Fiorina         57
5. Walker         52
6. Perry            51
7. Graham       46
8. Carson        42
9. Paul             35
10. Cruz           32
11. Christie      26
Rubio         26
13. Trump       22
14. Bush          21
15. Kasich       10
Pataki        10
17. Gilmore       1

Red vs. Blue
Iowa has 75 “red” counties and 24 “blue” counties, based on active voter registrations. The average percentage of stops in red counties versus blue counties (Polk County, which has had nearly a third of all stops, is blue) is 49%. The following are the percentages of stops in red counties for each of the campaigns.
1. Santorum    65
2. Huckabee   62
3. Perry            59
4. Jindal          53
5. Carson         50
6. Paul             49
7. Walker        48
8. Fiorina        46
9. Bush            43
10. Trump       41
11. Cruz            34
12. Rubio         31
13. Graham     24
14. Christie      19
15. Kasich        10
Pataki         10
17. Gilmore       0

Top 10 Counties Visited
1. Polk                     208
2. Dallas                    30
3. Scott                      26
Story                      26
5. Linn                       25
6. Black Hawk          20
7. Dubuque               19
Pottawattamie     19
9. Sioux                     13
10. Johnson              12

Counties only Santorum has visited
There are 12 counties in Iowa where only Rick Santorum has visited, so far. They are: Grundy, Howard, Humboldt, Kossuth, Mitchell, Monroe, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Taylor, Winnebago, Worth.