Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will make his 14th trip to Iowa this weekend since he began courting GOP voters for the 2012 election. With a recent Gallup poll showing the conservative former Pennsylvania senator placing eighth among potential Republican primary contenders, his campaign officials say they're hoping that return trips to early primary states -- like one to Iowa this weekend -- will help raise his name ID among GOP voters.
But Santorum's visits highlight a larger trend with his campaign: He is currently outpacing every other Republican contender when it comes to travelling.
While Jon Huntsman today is in New Hampshire and Newt Gingrich is in Iowa, Santorum is the far and away the travel leader -- logging 16 trips to New Hampshire, 14 trips to South Carolina, and another 14 to Iowa, according to his campaign.
Some of these Santorum trips came before the New Year. Since Jan. 1, NBC News has kept these numbers on the GOP candidates’ travel:
Bachmann - 3 to Iowa, 6 to NH, 2 to SC, 1 to FL, 1 overseas
Cain - 9 to Iowa, 6 to NH, 4 to SC, 2 to FL, 1 to MI, 1 to NV
Gingrich - 5 to IA, 5 to NH, 6 to SC, 2 to FL
Huntsman - 1 to SC, 1 to FL, heads to NH today
Paul - 5 to IA, 3 to NH, 1 to SC, 1 to FL, 2 to NV
Pawlenty - 8 to IA, 4 to NH, 2 to SC, 4 to FL
Romney - 5 to NH, 3 to FL, 1 to MI, 3 to NV, 1 overseas
Santorum - 5 to IA, 9 to NH, 7 to SC, 1 to FL, 1 to NV