Evan Frasure, one of four Republicans seeking to replace Idaho GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, enjoyed a surge of popularity in Istanbul, Turkey, in recent days, accounting for almost 90 percent of his Facebook "likes."
The Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reported late Monday that a Frasure campaign consultant, Pocatello City Councilman Steve Brown, engaged "a group" about boosting Frasure's Facebook users in Idaho. As a "sample," the group produced about 2,500 "likes" from Istanbul, many of them from users aged 18 to 24.
Brown told Russell the Frasure campaign Facebook page might have to be taken down. A "likes" chart showed the jump Monday with Istanbul as Frasure's biggest source of friends. Neither the chart nor Frasure's campaign Facebook page were available early Tuesday. His personal Facebook page was still live Tuesday, however.
I dont want a bunch of names from Turkey, for heavens sake thats ridiculous, Frasure told Russell, adding, that hes not much of a Facebooker" and hadn't checked the site in two weeks.
Frasure, a former Idaho senator and co-chairman of the first 2011 redistricting commission, seeks the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary against Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, former Sen. Mitch Toryanski of Boise and Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane.
Rep. Holli Woodings of Boise is the lone Democrat in the race.