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Ron Paul 2012 42 votes Sources known to me, that is close to the MO GOP leaders has informed me that the GOP has a plan in place to make sure Ron Paul doesn't do well in the CAUCUS.
Today's primary (Feb 7, 2012) has no meaning, except maybe to show the GOP how it will have to work in the caucus to keep Ron Paul from placing well.
This source who has been attending state GOP functions has told me the GOP leadership is very anit-Paul and will do whatever they can get away with to make sure Dr. Paul doesn't have a good finish.
I was a congressional and state delegate in 2008, I have personally seen the corruption at work in these events.
The Missouri state Republican Party will do what it takes to make sure that Ron Paul does not have a good showing.
At the 2008 State convention the GOP searched bags to make sure nobody had recording equipment to record their corrupt activities.
My personal opinion is that the state GOP would not rule out a murder or two to get what it wants. And the GOP calls itself "Christian".
The confusing system is a result of a fight between the RNC and the states. When Florida decided last year to move its primary up to Jan. 31, it created a rush of date changes by states that wanted to stay relevant in the nomination process. Missouri was one of them. In May 2011, the Missouri legislature changed state law, mandating that the primary be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of February, which is Feb. 7 this year. But the RNC wanted to preserve the traditional primary calendar, telling states that they would lose half of their delegates in the final count if they moved their primaries ahead of March 6.
Stuck between state law and the national party, Missouri Republicans attempted to split the difference. Because the primary was legally necessary, they left the February contest in place. But to satisfy the RNC and avoid penalties, they moved the actual delegate selection to a newly created March caucus.
This dual system kept Missouri within the rules, but makes Tuesday's vote confusingly unimportant. Santorum may be able to generate some buzz from a victory, and his focus on the contest has given the state plenty of media attention ahead of the vote. But in practical terms, not even a double-digit win would put him mathematically closer to the nomination.