Politics
12:00 am
Fri September 9, 2011

State Committee Votes to Push Back Primaries

The Missouri House Elections Committee passed a bill Thursday that will push back the presidential primary elections.

By Ashley Massow (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The bill, which pushes back Missouri’s presidential primary to March, passed in the House Elections Committee meeting.  Republican Representative Tony Duggar, who sponsored the bill, is concerned about the national parties ultimatum.

“Basically, if we don’t move our presidential primary, the nation parties have set down guidelines by which they are going to withhold up to half of our delegates or not seat half of our delegates at the national convention,” Duggar said.

Representative Duggar says Missouri delegates need to be in national convention seats for Missouri to remain an important stop on the campaign trail. The Bill will go on to the House floor in the next week.