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Does Missouri Matter in the GOP Nominating Process?

Today's Patch conversation starter keys off the recent flurry of attention some of the GOP candidates are finally giving to Missouri.

Missouri has largely been left out of the spotlight in this year's run for the Republican presidential nomination, but we've had a few flashes of relevance in recent weeks.

Rick Santorum, who casts himself as the conservative alternative to frontrunner Mitt Romney, visited the  on the in Missouri.

Over the weekend, Ron Paul visited Lindenwood University for a .

And today, Mitt Romney is making his first campaign appearance in the state, just ahead of the GOP caucuses that will be occuring in fits-and-starts, but focused on Saturday, in the state. He'll appear for a campaign stop at  for an at about 11:30 a.m.

So our question: Does Missouri matter this year? Or if so, why do you believe it? If not, why not?

Kurt Greenbaum March 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM
What do you think? Has Missouri rendered itself completely irrelevant to the process this year? Would should state leaders have done differently?
Brian Feldt March 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
It matters in the sense that we have delegates to hand out. But the overall confusion over the process, I think, has turned voters off. And the fact that we might not know any results until June likely means our role in the nomination process will be diminished.
RDBet March 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
"...the overall confusion over the process, I think, has turned voters off." And that the candidates are like characters from an Orwellian science fiction novel.
Joe Scott March 13, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Relying on the caucus has effectively put the process in the hands of a handful of insiders statewide. It's an archaic system that the vast majority of people, me included, don't understand. We need to do away with it and rely entirely on the popular vote. When we change that, maybe we can start on the Electoral College.
Scott Simon March 14, 2012 at 05:19 PM
If you don't understand it, learn about it. Sorry but it doesn't put control in the hands of insiders. Attend the caucus and get 5-10 of your friends to join you (providing they're in the same township) and vote as a block. I'm going Saturday along with a dozen others with our agenda. That's how "insiders" do it.

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