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Some of the crowd listening to Sen. Ted Cruz at the Eagle Forum convention.
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is portraying himself as fellow conservatives’ best hope for transforming the federal government if he becomes president.

But rival Rick Santorum, who won Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary, is fighting back.

Clockwise from upper left: Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson
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At least six Republican presidential hopefuls will be headed to St. Louis in less than two weeks to address conservatives at an Eagle Forum convention.

State Republican Party chairman John Hancock predicts those visits are only the start.

Sen. Roy Blunt at Lincoln Days 2015
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 10:30 p.m.  Saturday)

Kansas City - President Barack Obama has Democratic company – just-announced U.S. Senate hopeful Jason Kander – as Missouri Republicans’ favorite verbal punching bag.

That was evident throughout this weekend’s annual Reagan-Lincoln Days, held this year in Kansas City.

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Missouri Republican activists will signal their first 2016 presidential preferences by participating  in a straw poll this weekend during the party’s annual Lincoln Days festivities.

This year, the event has been renamed “Reagan-Lincoln Days’’ in honor of Ronald Reagan, who was president in the 1980s.

The unscientific straw poll is among the activities aimed at energizing the hundreds of party faithful expected to attend the three-day event in Kansas City.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum may or may not make another Republican bid for the White House. But at the moment, he’s taking his Christian zeal into another direction: the movies.

Over the summer, Santorum became the chief executive of EchoLight Studios, a Christian film company based in Dallas.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Republican presidential contenders to speak at NRA meeting in St. Louis

Thousands of gun enthusiasts will get a chance to hear from three of the four Republican presidential contenders next week when the National Rifle Association hosts its annual meeting and exhibit in St. Louis.

An NRA spokesman says more than 60,000 people have already registered for the convention that runs April 13-15 at the America's Center convention center, but that number is expected to grow with late registrations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 14, 2012 - Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent led a trio of Missouri Republicans today who discounted last week's sweeping primary victory by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and instead lauded GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as the corporate "turn-around expert'' that the nation needs to transform the country.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 8, 2012 - As he had hoped, Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum ran away with Missouri's presidential primary Tuesday, winning more than half of the vote and beating chief rival Mitt Romney by a ratio of more than 2 to 1.

Although turnout was low, and the primary was non-binding, Santorum and more than 100 of his allies, who gathered in the St. Charles convention center, were ecstatic nonetheless.

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Rick Santorum is the winner of Missouri's presidential primary. The primary was held Tuesday and is non-binding.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were on the ballot, Newt Gingrich was not.

Early this morning, St. Louis Public Radio's Julie Bierach interviewed University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson about the results.

What does a Missouri win mean for Santorum’s campaign?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 8, 2012 - Updated with projected Santorum victory. Voter turnout appears to have been even lower than expected today in Missouri's presidential primary.

"If we hit 5 percent, we'll be doing good," said St. Louis County Democratic elections director Rita Days. That's only a quarter of what she had predicted last week. "It's a little discouraging."

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Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum racked up a sizeable victory in Missouri's Republican primary last night, winning all 114 counties and the city of St. Louis and beating his nearest rival, Mitt Romney, by 30 points. Final unofficial results from the Secretary of State showed Santorum more than doubling Romney's vote total.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 2, 2012 - A "super PAC'' aiding Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has begun running ads in Missouri, in hopes of boosting his chances in next Tuesday's non-binding Republican presidential primary in the state.

The "Red White and Blue Fund" has produced and paid for the ad called "Trust."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 30, 2012 - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum promised enthusiastic supporters in St. Charles County today that he would advance the policies needed to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

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Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum brought a small-government, family-centered message to St. Charles on Monday - marking the first appearance by a Republican presidential candidate in the state this election cycle.

A crowd of 300 packed into an auditorium that at the St. Charles Community College campus in Cottleville that's meant for 270. Hundreds more could not get seats and waited for the candidate outside.

Santorum says as president, he'll focus on making sure that government takes actions that make it easier for American companies to compete globally.

Morning headlines: Monday, January 30, 2012

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Army Corps inspecting Birds Point Levee daily

Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May. Maj. Jon Korneliussen told the Sikeston Standard Democrat that daily patrols are checking the middle and upper crevasses created by the implosion that happened at the height of spring flooding.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 4, 2012 - The Iowa caucus' photo finish between GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum could foretell a protracted Republican battle between its social-issue and fiscal wings that could, in turn, make Missouri's caucus and Illinois' primary -- both in March -- significant players in determining the final outcome.

Then again, maybe not.