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.
— Todd Weiler (@gopTODD) January 4, 2016
None of those interactors, though, have explicitly endorsed Weiler’s candidacy. @shurtcircuit (Jeffrey L. Shurtliff), who calls himself “an
#American, who is sick of the #corruption, by the #Criminal #bankstersand #politicians 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.
@gopTODD Did the toilets work?
— Jeffrey L. Shurtliff (@shurtcircuit) December 28, 2015
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.