As The Wall Street Journal noted, the Midwestern chain has become a hotspot among GOP hopefuls in the last two presidential elections. Apparently Mike Huckabee kicked off the trend in 2008 -- he was low on campaign cash, so he made a habit of stopping by Pizza Ranches around lunchtime, buying a few pies, and "trying to lure voters into the party room". And you know when Huckabee gets in the "party room", he gets turnt up. By the time the next election rolled along, it was basically a mandatory stop for each of the 500 contenders for the Republican presidential nod. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul both passed through, Rick Perry made repeat visits, Rick Santorum stopped by at least 11, and Michele Bachmann put face-time in at no less than 18.