Why We Still Don't Know the Results of the Missouri Primary

PHOTO: Pictured (L-R) are Ted Cruz in Coral Gables, Fla., March 10, 2016, John Kasich in North Canton, Ohio, March 14, 2016, Donald Trump in Cleveland, March 12, 2016 and both Hillary clinton and Bernie Sanders in Miami, March 9, 2016.PlayAP Photo
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The results for both the Democratic and Republican primaries in Missouri have not been projected yet -- two days after the nominating contests took place. What's going on?

According to Stephanie Fleming of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, the results (see below for numbers) are “unofficial until our office certifies the numbers.” The office says it's four weeks away from that happening.

When those numbers are certified, if nothing has changed and the numbers remain within the margin of “less than half of 1 percent, then the defeated candidate within that margin can make a formal request with our office to have a statewide recount,” according to Fleming. There is no recount happening now, but one might be requested, given how close the numbers appear to be. However, a recount won't happen before the four weeks are up.

Although 100 percent of precincts are reporting, only 99 percent of the expected vote is in because there are still military and overseas ballots that can be received until noon tomorrow, and those will need to be included.

Provisional ballots -- a ballot used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility -- filed on Tuesday are also not part of the current numbers. Those numbers will be part of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office's certified numbers, according to Fleming.

There are still seven outstanding Democratic delegates and 22 outstanding Republican delegates in Missouri.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting and 99 percent of expected vote in, here are the current standings:


Clinton: 50 percent (310,602)

Sanders: 49 percent (309,071)


Trump: 41 percent (382,093)

Cruz: 41 percent (380,367)

Kasich: 10 percent (92,533)