Missouri has largely been left out of the spotlight in this year's run for the Republican presidential nomination, but we've had a few flashes of relevance in recent weeks.
Rick Santorum, who casts himself as the conservative alternative to frontrunner Mitt Romney, visited the on the in Missouri.
Over the weekend, Ron Paul visited Lindenwood University for a .
And today, Mitt Romney is making his first campaign appearance in the state, just ahead of the GOP caucuses that will be occuring in fits-and-starts, but focused on Saturday, in the state. He'll appear for a campaign stop at for an at about 11:30 a.m.
So our question: Does Missouri matter this year? Or if so, why do you believe it? If not, why not?