Six candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president are headed to St. Louis this weekend in hopes of garnering support in a state that could be newly relevant in the 2016 GOP primary.
Presidential hopefuls Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum are scheduled to speak at the national convention of the Eagle Forum, a political interest group founded by St. Louisan Phyllis Schlafly, the longtime conservative activist and author. The convention, which is expected to draw hundreds of conservative activists from more than 40 states, takes place Friday through Sunday.
With recent changes by the state’s Republican Party, Missouri is no longer a winner-take-all state in terms of its GOP primary delegation. That, party leaders say, could lead to more heated primary competition in the state, with a greater number of candidates having some incentive to continue campaigning in Missouri even if they’re not likely to be the top vote-getter.