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Republicans Have Mixed Feelings About Caucuses

(Springfield, MO) -- Republicans have mixed emotions after yesterday's caucuses in Missouri.<br mce_bogus="1">

(Springfield, MO) -- Republicans have mixed emotions after yesterday's caucuses in Missouri.

The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party David Cole says reports from across the state show a vast-majority of the caucuses were well-run, but not all republicans in Southwest Missouri are happy with the process.

The meetings across Missouri were chaotic at times.

A caucus in Saint Charles County disbanded without voting on delegates after tempers flared and policed called for backup.

The last time the state held a process like this was in 1996.

Sunday KOLR10/KOZL spoke with supporters from Dallas County who say they weren't fairly represented.

"I have no representation. There are seven delegates out there that have absolutely no idea how I feel or who I want," said Larry Tindall.

Larry and Charlene Tindall called their caucus experience a "train wreck" and say no one was represented fairly.

"We had absolutely no input. None whatsoever. We didn't know what these people were standing for. Nothing," said Larry Tindall. 

The Tindalls say the crowd voted yea or nay for delegates at one point in the meeting. Someone called for an actual counted vote, but that didn't happen.

"As a delegate with the people that are running you have an opinion of who you are leaning towards and we have absolutely no idea as voters and we weren't the only county this happened to," said Larry Tindall.

More than 1,000 Republican supporters showed up for the Greene County caucus. Some supporters that enjoyed the process, however others say it was a mess. Danette Proctor heads up Greene County Republican Committee and she believes it was a success.

"I think ours was challenging and contingent at times, but we did keep it under control. And that was a challenge," said Proctor.

And Proctor says selecting the county's 111 delegates takes time. 

"Caucuses are different and unique creatures. We only had 1,000 we have many more than that in Greene County and when you vote at a primary a lot more people's voices can be heard," said Proctor.

But for the Tindall's, they believe some voices weren't heard.

The Missouri GOP has issued a statement:

"The 'vast majority' of Missouri caucuses were "well run and well attended."

"While it's natural that supporters of different candidates will disagree, in most cases these disagreements were handled in a civil manner."

"In the situations that need additional attention, the state party is committed to ensuring the delegate process is fair."

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