MO Statehouse
2:04 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Candidates file for Mo. presidential primary that "won't count"

Presidential candidates can now register to run in Missouri’s primary next year – and even though the Republican primary won’t count, representatives for GOP presidential hopefuls showed up in Jefferson City Tuesday to register.  Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt filed on behalf of Mitt Romney.

“The campaign decided properly and rightly so that Missouri is an important state, " Blunt said. "The primary is going to happen relatively early in the process, but several states will have voted before us…I think the primary will help set the stage for the caucus.”

The first candidate to enter Missouri’s presidential primary, though, was business executive and talk show host Herman Cain – one of his representatives filed on his behalf shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday.  Late Tuesday afternoon, representatives for two other GOP presidential hopefuls, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Michael Meehan, also filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office.

The deadline for filing to run in Missouri’s primary is Nov. 22.