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Presidential Primary

Segment 1: Kansas' 2020 Democractic presidential primary will will work a little differently this year.

The 39 Democratic delegates in Kansas aren't up for grabs until May 2, but the voting process will look different from a traditional caucus. Voters this year will participate in a rank-choice system, in which Democrats will rank their top five candidates.

Segment 1: How voters are feeling the day after the 2020 Missouri Democratic Primary.

Yesterday’s primary in Missouri and several other states may have been a turning point in the selection of a democratic nominee, but how we're feeling is a mixed bag. Here's just a sampling of what people expressed: disappointed, excited, frustrated, and indifferent.

  • Beth Vonnahme, associate professor of political science, UMKC

Segment 2, beginning at 19:40: Looking back at great men with the men who looked up to them.

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With Missourians heading to the polls Tuesday for the Democratic presidential primary, the campaigns for the two front runners made a final push for voters in the Show-Me State on Monday.

Jill Biden, former vice president Joe Biden’s wife, swung by Kansas City Monday to tour the Veterans Community Project and speak to supporters at the IBEW Local Union headquarters. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, rallied supporters at a stop in St. Louis.

Segment 1: Kansas City health experts on keeping your family prepared

With cases of COVID-19 popping up in Missouri and Kansas, we talk with local doctors about prudent precautions to keep your family safe, and to keep the virus from spreading. We also ask how and if Kansas City's most vulnerable — children and the elderly — are being affected. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden emphasized a message of unity and national healing in front of a crowd of thousands at the National World War I Museum and Memorial Saturday.

“This election isn't about a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. It's a battle for the soul of America,” Biden said. “Winning means uniting America, not showing more division.”

Less than a week before the Missouri preisdential primaries, on the day that the Democratic field narrowed to a final two candidates, Kansas City area voters under 25 years old shared their journeys watching the process unfold so far. What are the issues that matter to them the most, and why? What do the candidates look like through that lens? Our roundtable includes two democrats, one republican, and two unaffiliated voters. A political science professor adds context to the young people's stories at the end of the hour.

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Segment 1: Why Iowa holds the first caucuses in the country, and what their results mean for each political party.

Advertising guidelines and an agriculture convention landed Iowa in the No. 1 spot in the country's presidential primary process. One political science professor said, for Republicans the caucuses show who will not be president, and, since 2000, the Democrat who won Iowa has gone on to be the presidential nominee.

Segment 1: Mike Pompeo looks more likely to enter the race for Kansas' U.S. Senate seat.

When it comes to the race for president, The Call's Eric Wesson expects another four years of Trump. However, Mike Mahoney of KMBC sees U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar as the sleeper Democratic candidate while Caroline Sweeney is looking at Andrew Yang to gain ground. They also analyzed the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, the early days of Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and former city manager Troy Schulte's shift to Jackson County government. 

On Tuesday, voters in five states went to the polls to cast their vote for the presidential candidates. On this edition of Up To Date, we analyze the Missouri primary, which turned out to be the closest race of the night. 

Guests:

  • Peverill Squire is the Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions at the University of Missouri.
  • Robynn Kuhlmann is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Central Missouri.

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Kansas hasn’t gone Democratic in a U.S. Presidential election in more than 50 years, but ahead of his visit to Kansas City Wednesday, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told KCUR he thinks he’ll do well in the state’s caucuses on March 5.

“Sometimes to be a Democrat in a conservative state means that you are pretty progressive because you’ve got to stand up to the tide there,” says Sanders. “So we think we have a chance to do very, very well in Kansas.”

Here comes 2016 and with it, an ever-evolving set of elections that will have many of us hanging onto our seats from January all the way to November. On this edition of Up To Date, the Political Pundits discuss presidential elections, a big U.S. Senate race in Missouri and a governor’s race to boot.

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New Hampshire Primary On KCUR

Jan 9, 2012
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Tune into KCUR Tuesday from 8pm to 10pm for results and discussion from the New Hampshire Primary.

On Monday, polls showed Mitt Romney in the lead, followed by Ron Paul, with Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman neck-and-neck for third.

Hear NPR reports from the field and expert analysis as the results come in.