Missouri GOP rallies at annual ‘Lincoln Days’ event

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Republicans from all over the Show Me State have descended on St. Louis for the weekend for the annual Lincoln Days, which is the largest annual gathering of Missouri Republicans. They are energized and uniting to take back the White House.

When it comes to the race for the White House, many candidates here are playing it safe with their predictions.

“I'm supporting the Republican nominee for president and I will do anything in my power to help elect a real conservative,” said Catherine Hanaway, a Missouri gubernatorial candidate.

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, also on the ballot for Missouri governor, agreed.

“We will let the people decide. Put the argument on the table and let the people decide,” Kinder said.

Even Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson, who has publicly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, had a conservative answer.

“There's a lot of time let in this nomination process. We haven't even gone to Super Tuesday yet and a lot of delegates still to be awarded,” he said.

Surprisingly, no one we talked to was truly comfortable running on a Donald Trump ticket, even though Trump seems to have a stranglehold on the polls and leads in delegates.

John Brunner, who’s running for governor, had some fun with that question.

“I'm running on a John Brunner ticket. The question needs to be rephrased, you should ask how comfortable Trump would be running on a Missouri-based John Brunner ticket,” he said. “It is about the states. We're going to take this country back one state at a time and it begins right here in Missouri.”

For many here this weekend, it doesn’t matter which presidential candidate goes to the White House, they all want to make sure it’s a Republican.