Whoof—it’s over. When D.C.’s polls closed on Tuesday night, it marked the end of 2016’s long presidential
nightmare primary. Every state got its turn, even belated California, whose primary is usually a 780-mile victory lap for the presumptive nominees. It has been a great lesson plan for civics teachers. For the last five months, Americans focused their attention on a different state every few weeks, which is sort of cute—the real-life equivalent of that annoying Fifty Nifty United States song.
While I’m loath to bust that image of national unity, it should be noted that some states were not loved as much as others. Though the candidates probably spent enough time in Iowa and New Hampshire to qualify for tax benefits, other regions had to make do with a quick grip-and-grin at the local airport. The paths Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, & Co. cut across the country look quite a bit different from the state map hanging on the classroom wall.
Thanks to National Journal’s candidate travel tracker, which chronicled campaign stops, these patterns can actually be charted. Here’s a quick map of every city visited by a presidential candidate since 2015:
Yeesh—who dumped a bowl of Dippin’ Dots on Iowa? Of course, no surprise there, really: As the first state to vote, Iowa attracts a crawling bee swarm of presidential candidates, who covet the Hawkeye State for its mystical momentum-granting abilities. And given that the preferred strategy for low-polling also-rans is to pull a “full Grassley” and visit all 99 of the state’s counties, Iowa’s visited-city count is even higher than it would be normally, inflating the number of dots.