Today 86 Republican party officials will meet to select the likely next representative from MO-8. Before things heat up, be sure to check out our preview of the race.
2:21 ET- State Rep. Jason Smith of Salem will get to remove the "State" from his title in June. He will be the strong favorite against fellow State Rep. Linda Black (D) barring any Indie shenannigans.
2:19 ET- Round 6: J Smith 55 Kinder 22 Crowell 21
2:15 ET- It looks like it's over, one way or the other. They're already recommending lunch spots.
2:13 ET- Rumor is that Crowell's voters may be switching to Kinder.
2:00 ET- Lloyd Smith out. Could there be some sort of anti-Jason pact brewing?
1:56 ET- Round 5: J Smith 47 Crowell 21 Kinder 12 L Smith 11 Richardson 6. Richardson out. Looks like Jason Smith has this just about sewn up.
1:51 ET- There is a rumor circulating that Crowell may run as an indie if Jason Smith is the nominee.
1:34 ET- Round 4: J Smith 39 Crowell 20 L Smith 13 Kinder 12 Richardson 9 Parker 5. Parker out. Lloyd Smith surprisingly collapsing.
1:29 ET- News of Mizzou leading Ole Miss gets the biggest reaction of the day.
1:27 ET- Judging from twitter feeds, Jason Smith is apparently quite the polarizing figure at this gathering.
1:15 ET- That was a surprising round. Crowell and Kinder are getting something of a second wind, while Parker supporters seem to be giving up their cause much earlier than expected, and the Smiths' momentum has stalled.
1:12 ET- Round 3: J Smith 34 L Smith 16 Crowell 15 Kinder 11 Richardson 10 Parker 9 Bailey 3. Bailey out.
12:54 ET- I think we can say with confidence the next Rep. from MO-8 will be Congressman Smith. The key thing to watch here is Richardson's bloc. If they voted for Richardson based on biography, they'll go to Jason Smith. If they voted for Richardson on speaking ability, they'll go to Lloyd Smith.
12:52 ET- Round 2: J Smith 33 L Smith 17 Parker 13 Crowell 12 Richardson 11 Kinder 7 Bailey 3 Tracy 1 Lipke 1. Lipke and Tracy out. Kinder's support probably going to Lloyd Smith as expected. Jason Smith picking up some from the also-rans.
12:43 ET- Bob Parker won't win today, but whoever does should be looking over their shoulder for him in the 2014 primary. He has some very dedicated boosters.
12:30 ET- Round 1: J Smith 28 L Smith 14 Parker 13 Richardson 11 Kinder 10 Crowell 10 Lipke 5 Bailey 4 Tracy 2 Tyrell 1. Tyrell eliminated.
12:04 ET- Really seems like a 3-man race between Richardson and the Smiths. Kinder as an outside longshot. Richardson and Lloyd Smith seemed like the best speakers, but Jason Smith got a bigger reaction.
11:46 ET- If you're playing a drinking game, the phrase of the day is "stop spending". I think that exact phrase has appeared in every speech.
11:30 ET- Nominations in order: Parker, Tyrell, Richardson, Bailey, J. Smith, Tracy, L. Smith, Kinder, Crowell, Lipke
11:20 ET- Rancher and former Emerson primary challenger Bob Parker apparently has a huge number of supporters in the room. Not clear how many of those have a vote though.
11:10 ET - Word in the room is that they expect 3-4 rounds.
10:50 ET- Live video now up.