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Caucus counts for GOP

Saturday, February 4, 2012

SIKESTON -- Want to have a say in who will be the Republican presidential candidate? Participate in your local caucus.

There seems to be plenty of "confusion over why the caucus counts and the Missouri Republican primary on Tuesday does not," said Dee Cookson, chair of the Scott County Republican Central Committee. "I wanted to clear it up so the voters of Scott County can express their views and be part of the political process."

A caucus is "a political party meeting for a common purpose," Cookson explained, in this case "to choose delegates to go to the Republican National Convention."

It is during the Republican National Convention, scheduled for the week of Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla., that the party will make its final choice for its candidate in the presidential race.

Missouri has historically made its choice for Republican presidential candidates with caucuses but in 2008 was among the states that held a presidential primary on Feb. 8, or "Super Tuesday," Cookson recalled.

There were several attempts by the state legislature to move Missouri's primary to March but they failed as those attempts were bundled with unrelated controversial legislation, according to Cookson.

So why not just cancel the primary election and save millions of dollars in election costs?

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