St. Louis (KSDK) - For most counties the Missouri Republican caucus is less than a week away. But for many Missourians, the question is, "What is a caucus and why should I care?"
NewsChannel 5's political analyst Dave Robertson says the process is pretty confusing for most Missourians because very few have ever participated in a caucus.
"It's basically just a system of meetings where participants choose delegates who eventually go on to the Republican National Convention," said Robertson. "
Each county and all townships in St. Louis County hold an individual caucus. Many last for hours.
Most will be held on March 17th. But St. Louis City and Jackson County, which includes Kansas City, will hold theirs on the 24th to avoid conflicting with St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
The Missouri caucus system is different than in other states.
"There won't be a poll," said Robertson. That means we may never know who won.
And if you hope to hear a passionate speech about your favorite candidate, like you might at the Iowa caucus, you're probably in for a bit of a letdown.
"It's just a meeting that organizes and selects delegates and there won't be a lot of drama," said Robertson.
Each county and township will send their delegates to the congressional district and state conventions. While there they'll select a final group to go to the national convention and support a specific candidate.
Politically passionate people know this is an important first step toward the presidential election in November, but there's still a long way to go.
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