Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon spent his first term compromising with and sometimes challenging the Republican-led Legislature. But now Nixon faces supermajorities in both the House and Senate with enough Republicans to override his vetoes.
Republicans will control 24 of the 34 Senate seats for the 2013 legislative session. House Republicans will have 110 of 163 districts. House Speaker Tim Jones says he hopes the new dynamic will prompt earlier discussion and negotiation between legislative leaders and Nixon.
The first stop was outside the GOP’s campaign office in Jefferson City. Those onboard this morning included Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who's seeking a third term in office; Secretary of State hopeful Shane Schoeller; Attorney General nominee Ed Martin; Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, whose district will include Jefferson City next year; State Treasurer nominee Cole McNary; and the Republican hoping to oust Democrat Jay Nixon from the Governor’s office, Dave Spence.
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.
Missouri is holding its presidential primary tomorrow, and turnout is expected to be extremely low. That is in part because the votes won't count, even though the primary will close taxpayers millions of dollars.
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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.”