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What’s the deal with the Missouri caucus? you might ask. I thought the Missouri primary already happened back in February?
Well, Missouri did indeed hold a non-binding primary on February 7, which resulted in Santorum winning an overwhelming 55% of the vote and Romney finishing second with 25%.
However, the Republican National Committee has a rule that only Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada can hold primaries before the first Monday of March. So, for this year, that means that any other state that voted before March 6 would risk losing half of its delegates.
So Missouri’s February primary was already scheduled and took place as planned, but no delegates were awarded at the time. Since the original primary was non-binding, delegates were not committed to any candidate anyway and would have been able to change their minds any time before the Republican National Convention.
To avoid losing delegates, Missouri then moved to a March 17 caucus. For this second round, where delegates are actually at stake, Santorum is expected to be in the lead once again, but results won’t be released for a few more days.
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