Mo. Republicans Set March Presidential Caucuses
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Republicans are bailing out of a February presidential primary that had threatened to throw confusion into the 2012 election calendar.
The Missouri Republican State Committee decided Thursday to use a caucus system to award delegates to presidential candidates, instead of relying on a primary election. County caucuses will be March 17 to select delegates for the April 21 congressional district conventions and for the June 2 state convention.
About half of Missouri's 52 delegates will be bound to presidential candidates at the congressional district conventions, with the others bound to a candidate at the state convention.
State law set Missouri's primary on Feb. 7. National Republican Party rules require Missouri to wait until at least March to hold its presidential contest, or risk losing half its delegates.