Republicans move forward legislation changing Presidential Primary date

Missouri’s Republican-led House has passed legislation setting the state’s 2016 Presidential Primary for March 15. The House sent the bill to the Senate Thursday on a 97-48 vote. Missouri previously held its party primary in February, but faced losing some delegates to the 2016 Republican Convention because of new party rules. Sponsoring Rep. Tony Dugger says the bill ensures Missouri will be relevant in selecting the 2016 presidential nominee. Opponents say holding the primary in April when municipal elections take place would save money. States that hold primaries before the March 15 date must also award delegates proportionally, not on a winner take all basis.

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