Caucuses | St. Louis Public Radio


Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri is one of nine states where lawmakers are forming caucuses they say will focus on preserving religious freedom.

Departing State Representative Mike McGhee (R, Odessa) is organizing Missouri’s caucus.  He says one of their functions will be to consult with lawmakers in other states on making sure that the language used in bills doesn’t result in the erosion of religious rights.

A vintage photo of an elephant walking.
Wikimedia Commons

In February, Missouri voters picked Rick Santorum as the winner of the state’s presidential primary. But the results didn’t count.

Infighting among Republicans in Jefferson City had left the state’s presidential primary date in violation of party rules. Missouri was at risk of losing delegates to the GOP national convention. So the primary went on as scheduled – but state GOP leaders declared that delegates would instead be awarded at caucuses. The first of those gatherings are Saturday.

But those votes may not count either.

Dates for some Mo. presidential caucuses changed

Feb 20, 2012
voxefxtm | Flickr

Updated 3:25 p.m.

Missouri Republicans will start the process of picking presidential candidates on different days next month.

Republicans in most counties will hold caucuses at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. Republicans in Jackson County and St. Louis city are waiting a week and will meet March 24. Chariton County in central Missouri is holding its caucus March 15, and southeastern Wayne County is meeting March 16.

Requests to change caucus dates are considered by the state Republican Party chairman.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2012 - With only a few day until the Missouri primary, there has been plenty of discussion regarding the differences between primaries and caucuses.

Primaries are carried out in a way that is very similar to general elections. The voter enters the voting booth, casts a vote, and is then free to leave the polling place. In contrast, caucuses require a much longer time commitment, and in today's fast-paced world, time is something there never seems to be enough of.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2012 - With the repeated failure of any non-Mitt to win the hearts and minds of Republicans, it looks as though Romney will be the standard-bearer for the GOP. in the general election. All eyes are on now the South Carolina primary, which looks to be the last chance for Paul, Santorum or Gingrich to make their case to Republicans.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 28, 2011 - Despite all the Republican presidential jockeying in Iowa and elsewhere, the Missouri Republican Party says it's sticking with its decision to ignore the results of the state's still-scheduled Feb. 7 presidential primary.

Absentee balloting began Tuesday.

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri House leaders will now attempt to get rid of the state’s presidential primary and replace it with party caucuses.  A similar move fell short in the Missouri Senate.

Some Senate Republicans tried and failed Monday night to swap out the bill to move the primary from February to March with one that would have replaced it with caucuses.  Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) has filed a new bill in the House that would do the same thing.

(via Flickr/Daniel Morrison)

An attempt to replace Missouri’s presidential primary with statewide caucuses has failed in the State Senate, meaning the February 7th Democratic and Republican primaries will go on as scheduled.

Before the vote, some amendments were offered, including one that would have moved the primary forward to January.  None of them passed, but they reflected efforts by several Republicans to preserve the state's primary.  State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale) said that caucuses result in fewer people having a say in who they want for president.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) is criticizing legislation in the Missouri Senate that would scrap the state’s presidential primary in favor of party caucuses.

The Missouri Republican Party announced last month that it would use county-wide caucuses to select its delegates for next year’s national convention, and that the primary would be nothing more than a “beauty contest.”

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has delayed debate on a bill that would move the state’s presidential primary from February to March.

The holdup involves a pending amendment that would scrap the primary altogether and return Missouri to its former status as a caucus state.