Prolonged presidential races would raise relevance of Missouri primary

The New Hampshire primary did little to settle the presidential races in either the Democratic or Republican parties. In fact, results from primary season’s second stop seem to have increased the likelihood of prolonged presidential races, which would make Missouri’s March 15 primary a more pivotal and hard-fought affair.

The day of Missouri’s primary will also feature primaries in a delegate-rich, battleground states Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. And it’s the first day that states can award all their delegates to winners of their primaries.

New Hampshire also exposed challenges for the establishment in both political parties. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ win exposed Hillary Clinton’s gender and generational challenges in the Democratic race, and Donald Trump’s win elevated concerns among the Republican establishment about Trump’s viability in a general election.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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