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Missouri to consider abolishing presidential primary

By The Associated Press
October 11, 2011 | 6:57 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's presidential primary already has been stripped of much of its significance. Now it may simply be abolished.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says his chamber will convene Monday to consider legislation canceling Missouri's 2012 presidential primary.

The presidential vote currently is scheduled to occur in February, which is earlier than called for under national Republican Party guidelines. To avoid being penalized with the loss of half its delegates, the Missouri Republican Party recently decided to use a caucus process that starts in March to pick presidential delegates to the national convention.

But the February primary remains in Missouri law. Mayer says repealing that law could save the state from spending millions of dollars on a purely symbolic election.

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