On February 7th voters will hit the polls for Missouri’s Republican Presidential Primary. What most voters don’t know is that their votes will mean very little. Because of the GOP rules regarding how early the primary can be held, Missouri has chosen to hold both a caucus and a primary to avoid losing half of their Missouri delegates. Some states decided to forego these delegates including New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Michigan. The primary in Missouri this election will be “nothing more than an expensive straw poll” says one voter. The primary costs Missouri taxpayers millions of dollars which doesn’t sit well with many voters who want their vote to at least mean something.
Delegates for Missouri will be chosen at caucuses to be held beginning March 17th. Republicans will attend their county caucuses to vote for delegates to attend the state caucuses which will be held in Springfield, Mo from Friday June 1st through Sunday June 3rd. The congressional district caucuses will take place for all congressional districts on Saturday April 21st. Each county will get delegates based on how many people voted in 2008. Each county will soon release information on where the caucuses are to be held.
The primary will mean little in regards to who gains the nomination in 2012, but if Missouri decides to hold both in 2016 they may base delegate counts from primary voter numbers. The Missouri GOP can decide to change the rules at any time.