Despite his recent surge in polling, Newt Gingrich will not be a competitor in at least one state primary.
According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, the former House Speaker failed to file the necessary papers ahead of yesterday’s 5 p.m. deadline. His name will therefore not appear on the ballot.
The Missouri primary, which takes place on February 7th, does not result in the awarding of delegates. Only the state’s caucuses, which take place in March, do so.
However, Missouri’s is the only primary between the one in Florida on January 31st , and those in Michigan and Arizona on February 28th. The Missouri primary can be important to candidates wishing to sustain their momentum.
A total of 10 Republicans qualified for the primary.