Edwards completed his 99-county tour of Iowa Saturday.
COULTER, Iowa (CNN) - For the second time in his life, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards completed campaign visits to all of Iowa's 99 counties on Saturday with a stop in the city of Coulter, part of Franklin County.
"Not only have I visited all 99 counties," the former North Carolina senator said, "I've been taking questions from Iowans in all 99 counties."
Edwards also made the rounds back in 2004 during his first stab at the presidency. Saturday's stop makes him the first major presidential candidate to complete the task this election cycle.
Former Republican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson also toured all 99 counties a few months ago but has since withdrawn his name from the race.
Edwards, when asked if he expects the accomplishment to give him any kind of boost in the Hawkeye State–especially given it didn't do much for Tommy Thompson–said, "I did it last time [in 2004], and it made a difference. I finished the 99 counties last time I think about the time that I actually started to move up from nowhere, so I think it does matter to Iowans."
"It says to Iowans that you're willing to go everywhere in the state, listen to their questions [and] answer their questions, so I think it will be important."
Edwards will hold a rally in Des Moines Saturday evening to celebrate the feat.
In the latest Des Moines Register poll–taken October 1-3–Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, held an edge at 29 percent. Edwards sat at 23, with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, close behind at 22. The poll sampled 399 likely Democratic caucusgoers and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch