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Republican party calls presidential primary a 'formality.'

Date: January 26, 2012
By: Crystall Cho
State Capitol Bureau

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The Secretary of State's Office says Missouri taxpayers are funding a $7 million presidential primary election on February 7th, an election the Republican party says is merely a formality.
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Wrap: Republican communications director Jonathon Prouty said due to circumstances beyond their control, the primary must be held even though no delegates will be selected from its results.

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Description: "We decided to unbind the delegates from the primary and that was in order to prevent us being getting punished by the party."

The primary results are not binding because the general assembly failed to move the date in compliance with national party rules.

Because of this, the state Republicans chose to hold caucuses in March.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Crystall Cho.

  

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A Democratic Representative says he sees no purpose in holding a presidential primary election this year in Missouri
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Wrap: National rules leaves Republicans no choice but to hold the presidential primary election in February.

But, the results are not binding because the general assembly failed to move the date in compliance with national party rules.

Democratic Columbia Representative Chris Kelly says he believes the primary is unnecessary.

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Description: "Well, they're a complete waste of time and money."

The results from the primary will not select any delegates, but by law, the election must be held.

The Republican party will hold caucuses in March.  

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Crystall Cho.

 


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