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Missouri Voters Take to the Polls in a Week for Super Tuesday 2

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JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI -

Presidential candidates face a tough contest next week in what's being called Super Tuesday 2. Missouri voters will take to the polls, along with five other state primaries and the Republican Caucus of the Northern Mariana Islands.

On the Republican side, 52 delegates are at stake in Missouri. This year the state may not be as big of a prize if any one candidate doesn't receive more than 50% of the vote. Missouri used to be a winner take all state. Now it is a combined winner take all race. That means if a Republican candidate earns 50% plus one of the vote plus one then that candidate will take home all 52 delegates. If none of the four candidates win an absolute majority then the top vote getters in each congressional district get 5 delegates, and the overall winner statewide gets 12 delegates.

To avoid what happened four years ago where Missouri's primary was basically meaningless, leaders made changes to primary rules.

Jasper County Republican Committee Executive Director Jimmy Morris says "There was some chaos due to the change in the primary date and it not being a binding primary. And delegates were actually chosen through the caucus process. It got a little crazy, so the party and the legislature made some changes in preparation for this year. "

Also new this year, there are 12 names listed on the republican ballot, plus a space for an uncommitted vote, even though there are only four viable candidates in the primary race. If you vote for a candidate who dropped out before March 15th your vote will not be counted.

The democratic process is a little bit simpler. 84 delegates are at stake including 13 super delegates. At the party caucus next month 71 of the delegates are pledged proportionally, and the 13 remaining super delegates are chosen by elected present and past public and party officials.

Southwest Missouri's 7th Congressional District is looking for more democratic voters to caucus for their party at the 7th Congressional and State Convention.

Missouri 7th Congressional Democratic Chair Krista Stark says “It's a very democratic process because what you're doing is you're allowing the full voice of the people to vote on March 15th and then you're allowing the people that are the very most active and have the desire to not only go into a voting booth and vote but also to involve themselves in the process and actually carry the delegate forward physically"

In Jasper County party representatives are looking for 20 delegates, 10 in Newton, and 3 in McDonald.

You can fill out an interest MM form on the Missouri Democratic Party's website and make sure to show up at your county's mass meeting to be chosen on April 7th. A lot of polling places have changed this year, be sure to check for your polling place. 

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