Donald Trump far and away leads the Republican presidential field in the polls, but when it comes to the number of campaign swings he's done, Trump lags behind. While other candidates pick up the pace — Ted Cruz plans to visit 28 Iowa counties this week — according to Politico, Trump is keeping things decidedly "leisurely."
Over the entirety of the election season so far, Trump has made 100 campaign trips, compared to Jeb Bush's 172, Ben Carson's 134, and Marco Rubio's 122. The only candidate close to Trump's 100 trips is Cruz with 101, but, Politico points out, Cruz often uses one trip to hit multiple events. Trump, on the other hand, is more apt to fly in on his jet and promptly fly back out.
Trump's campaign, however, says his strategy is all about quality over quantity. "If you were a consultant and you could have your candidate in front of 10 people or in front of 1,000 people, what would you suggest?" Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Politico. "Mr. Trump has an amazing amount of energy. He's willing to do what it takes to win this election."
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As New Hampshire-based Republican strategist Dave Carney points out, Trump certainly isn't suffering a lack of media coverage for his fewer trips. "Do you know what Chris Christie said today in New Hampshire?" Carney said, offering up the more well-traveled candidate as a point of comparison. "Neither do I."
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