Mo. GOP Starts Caucuses, But Winner Won't be Known
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's lengthy method of picking Republican presidential delegates begins Tuesday. But it won't finish until June.
Residents in Barry County will be holding the state's first local caucus Tuesday night. Republicans in most of Missouri's counties will be caucusing Saturday morning -- though residents in St. Louis city and Jackson County will have to wait until March 24.
Unlike in other states, no Republican presidential candidate will be declared the winner from Missouri's caucuses.
Instead, the caucuses will pick people to attend district conventions in April and a state convention in June. It's at those meetings that delegates will be bound to particular presidential candidates.
But the caucuses still are attracting attention. Mitt Romney is to campaign Tuesday in Missouri. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were in the state Saturday.