Missouri is moving its presidential primary back a month in an attempt to get in the good graces of the national Republican and Democratic parties.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Wednesday that will set Missouri's 2016 presidential primary on March 15 instead of Feb. 2.
The governor said the delayed primary should help Missouri comply with national party guidelines that could penalize states for holding primaries too early in the year.
Similar party guidelines led to a confusing situation for Missouri's 2012 presidential primary. The election was held in February. But to avoid penalties from the national party, the state GOP decided to disregard the primary results and instead use a series of later caucus meetings to determine which candidates its delegates would support at the Republican National Convention.