Missouri voters are heading to the polls today in a Presidential primary that for the most part is meaningless. That's because no delegates are being selected. It's because Missouri moved up the primary against the rules set by the national political parties.
Voters can begin casting their ballots at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The only Republican presidential candidate who even campaigned in Missouri has been Rick Santorum. He was at St. Charles Community College last week. Newt Gingrich isn't even on the ballot here.
Missouri lawmakers moved up the primary thinking it would put Missouri in the Presidential spotlight. But the problem was that the Republican National Committee said the only states that could hold contests before March 1, 2012 are Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
Missouri was in jeopardy of losing half of its delegates at the national convention so officials in Missouri agreed that Tuesday's primary is nonbinding and delegates will be selected at a March caucus. But Missouri taxpayers will still have to shell out $7 million for Tuesday's primary and that is raising some questions.
The polls close at 7 p.m. Turnout is expected to be low because the primary doesn't mean much. Santorum will be at the St. Charles Convention Center Tuesday night for an election night party.