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Elections Committee discussed bill to push back Missouri's presidential primaries today

Date: September 8, 2011
By: Ashley Massow
State Capitol Bureau

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Missourians will now have to wait even longer to weigh in on the 2012 presidential primaries.
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Wrap: The Elections Committee unanimously passed a bill moving Missouri's presidential primary elections from February back to March.

This comes at a time when Republican Representative Tony Dugger says he doesn't think the late election date will drop Missouri from the campaign trail.

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Description: "Missouri is pretty much known as a bell weather state. So, I think there's a lot of interest in the vote in Missouri. So, I think that Missouri is still going to be up there."
The bill was called for in Governor Nixon's special session agenda and will move onto the House floor later this week.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Ashley Massow.

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Missourians will now have to wait even longer to weigh in on the 2012 presidential primaries.
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Wrap: 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.

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Description: "Basically, if we don't move our presidential primary, the nation parties have set down guidlines by which they are going to withhold up to half of our delegates or not seat half of our delegates at the national convention."

Representative Duggar says that 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 the the House floor later this week.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Ashley Massow.

Intro: 
Missourians will now have to wait even longer to weigh in on the 2012 presidential primaries.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The bill which pushes back the presidential primaries to March, passed unanimously today in the House Elections Committee hearing.

Republican Representative Jason Duggar who sponsored the bill says he is not concerned with the later election date losing attention for Missouri on the campaign trail. But he is concerned with the ultimatum the national parties have set.

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Description: "The national parties have set down these guidelines, and I think we're taking a big chance, you know, on losing half of our delegates... or half our delegates just not being seated. Becuase if that happens, is Missouri going to be considered at all?"

Governor Nixon called for this bill in his special session agenda.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Ashley Massow.


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