ST. LOUIS • Six of the candidates currently vying for the Republican nomination for president will travel to St. Louis this weekend at the invitation of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly to court support from a state that could be newly relevant in next year’s GOP primary.
To what is sure to be the disappointment of some Republicans and the great relief of others, controversial GOP front-runner Donald Trump won’t be there. But with the Missouri Republican Party changing the way it parcels out delegates in 2016 to make the state more lucrative for candidates, it appears likely that voters here will eventually see him.
Schlafly is the longtime conservative activist, author and founder of the political interest group Eagle Forum. The group’s national convention, called Eagle Council, will run Friday through Sunday, with speakers to include conservative commentator Ann Coulter.
The six GOP presidential candidates scheduled to speak at the event are Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.
Other candidates in the field of more than a dozen have expressed interest in sending video messages to the gathering, Eagle Forum President Ed Martin said.