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Politician Tries To Campaign On Tinder, Receives More Date Offers Than Voters

27/01/2016 15:08 GMT | Updated 27/01/2016 15:59 GMT

Hawaiian politician Greggor Ilagan was trying to find new ways to reach voters in his run for the State Senate - so obviously he decided to download Tinder.

The 29-year-old county councillor thought it would be a fun new way to engage with the electorate, expecting people to swipe right for serious conversations about government and politics.

Sadly, he massively overestimated the level of discussion on the dating app.

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Ilagan set his preferences to both genders, hoping to maximise the number of voters he could reach. Which meant a lot of chaps were sliding into his messages asking for more than just representation.

"Because it’s a dating site, there were actually a lot of guys that were hitting on me," Ilagan told Honolulu Civil Beat. "I was always having to direct people back to the main focus.

"They asked me, ‘Oh, can I have a date?’ And I said, ‘Well, we can have a meeting and we can talk about government and maybe you can help out on the campaign.'

"Tinder just has a different environment and different expectation. I learned the hard way."

The politician has since abandoned the technique and plans to stick with traditional social media.

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