House Endorses Presidential Primary Date Change
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri would hold its 2016 presidential primaries on March 15 of that year under legislation advanced by the state House.
The elections are currently scheduled for February 2016, but the bill's supporters said Monday that keeping that date could cause Missouri to lose delegates to the national party conventions.
National party rules allow only certain states to hold primaries before the March 15 date.
Sponsoring Rep. Tony Dugger, a Hartville Republican, says moving the elections would avoid a repeat of 2012, when Missouri held a non-binding presidential primary. Faced with losing delegates, state Republican officials decided that year to select convention representatives with a caucus system held after the primaries.
The measure needs one more House vote before moving to the Senate.