Nixon Approves Moving Missouri Primary Date to March

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law a bill moving Missouri’s presidential primary from February to mid-March, a move that appears intended as a return to relevance for the event because the date now follows rules set by the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Missouri’s primary has always been held in February, but beginning in 2010 the Republican and Democratic National Conventions moved to only recognize primaries in four states—Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina—if they were held before March. As a result, Missouri’s 2012 Republican primary, which cost the state about $7 million to hold, received two registered candidates and low voter turnout. Its outcome, a win for Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney, was ultimately disregarded by the Republican National Convention. The state decided the party’s presidential candidate by caucus the following month.

KBIA reports another possible outcome related to the date change: With a now-compliant party primary, the move could help level the playing field in Kansas City’s bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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