Sen. Weiler Earns Enough Twitter Followers to Qualify for GOP Primary

Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler (right) poses with Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio (also right) in an upscale clock store in Park City, Utah.

Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler (right) poses with Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio (also right) in an upscale clock store in Park City, Utah.

WOODS CROSS — Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross) has become the first Utah candidate to get his name on a primary ballot via Twitter followers, according to his campaign.

The incumbent of Senate District 23 reportedly earned the requisite number of followers when @lifewithheidig followed Weiler’s personal account, @gopTODD, late Monday night. @lifewithheidig, or Heidi Gray of Missouri, describes herself as “a money saving mom who loves movies,cooking, giveaways, traveling and shopping!” At press time, Weiler is yet to follow her back.

By cultivating a sizable Twitter following, Weiler can forego the other avenues for qualifying as a Republican candidate: either by gathering enough signatures or earning support through the party convention system.

Before reaching the legal threshold, Weiler thanked his most vociferous supporters.

None of those interactors, though, have explicitly endorsed Weiler’s candidacy. @shurtcircuit (Jeffrey L. Shurtliff), who calls himself “an , who is sick of the, by the and that are destroying my country,” has expressed support for Donald Trump in his bid for the presidency, but has only shown mere curiosity in Weiler’s positions.

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is yet to confirm that Weiler’s followership will be an acceptable means of qualification. For his part, Evans (@utgop_james) only has 802 followers, but each of his followers have withstood a careful vetting process to ensure they share a commitment to core GOP beliefs.

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