We were curious about the extent to which candidates actually covered the country over the course of a campaign, so we used the National Journal's excellent candidate travel tracker to see how many places candidates had visited since June 1 of last year. (Remember June 1, 2015? Jeb Bush led Scott Walker in the polls, one-two. Donald Trump wasn't yet a candidate.) The data includes both campaign rallies and fundraising trips, which is why there are early visits to the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York.
As the campaign progresses past the Feb. 1 caucus in Iowa and Feb. 9 primary in New Hampshire, attention turns elsewhere, eventually filling in Super Tuesday states and, more recently, the Mid-Atlantic and upper Plains states.
The other lesson from this is, obviously: How exhausting. This is nine of the 20-plus candidates, only one of whom will end up being president. But for the past year, this has been each candidate's life, jetting back and forth across the country, all smiles and ears. As annoying as it is to have your lunch interrupted by a former governor of Virginia, imagine how annoying it must be to spend months on end interrupting people's lunches.