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Istanbul’s most ‘liked’ candidate: Idaho secretary of state hopeful Evan Frasure

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 don’t want a bunch of names from Turkey, for heaven’s sake – that’s ridiculous,” Frasure told Russell, adding, that he’s “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.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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