Ron Paul to hold rally in Kansas City, near Lincoln Days festivities
With Missouri's March caucuses apparently in his sights, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul plans to drop by Kansas City on Saturday to hold a rally.
The evening rally is be held at that city's Union Station. And, perhaps more importantly,the event will be just a few blocks from the Westin Hotel where hundreds of Missouri Republicans are expected to gather for their party's annual statewide Lincoln Days.
Paul's rally would coincide with the Lincoln Days' closing banquet, which is set to feature Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell, by the way, has endorsed a Paul rival -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Paul is the latest Republican presidential to signal that, even though he ignored the state's Feb.7 nonbinding primary (won by Rick Santorum), he plans to make a pitch for delegates that will be awarded during Missouri's caucuses, which begin March 17.
Paul's Missouri supporters were particularly active in 2008 during Missouri's caucuses, but were stymied in their bid for delegates because those caucus results -- in which the delegates were selected -- were tied to the results of the February 2008 primary. That primary determined who got the delegates, and how many. Paul did poorly in that year's 2008 primary, so he didn't get them.
This year, the primary results won't be stumbling block for Paul.