"Steve Patten, a political scientist at the University of Alberta, said reading trends is hard given the scarcity of hard information on how many party memberships have been sold and to whom. Those who join the party are getting calls from all kinds of candidates but invariably from Morton's team first, he said.
And Morton's team has reportedly benefited from lists of supporters from federal Conservatives Stockwell Day and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"One of the surprises of the first ballot is going to be that Ted Morton does better than people expect," said Patten" [Source]
"Frederick Lee (Ted) Morton, PhD. (born 1949, Los Angeles, California) is a former university professor, an Albertan politician and currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He is currently a candidate for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. He is particularly well known for his criticisms of the Canadian judiciary.
He moved to Wyoming in 1952, where his father worked in the oil and gas exploration business. In 1991, Morton and his wife Bambi became Canadian citizens" [Source Wikipedia]
" Ted Morton has a long history of opposing equality rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people. It so happens Morton is also running to replace Klein as provincial party leader and premier." [Source: Egale]
"The original Bill 208 [introduced by Ted Morton] also included provisions to allow teachers to not [sic] talk about same-sex marriage and other issues contrary to religious beliefs. In other words, it would have allowed them to stick their heads in the sand, pretending they could hide from the outside world and its realities… just like the ostrich." [Source]
Further reading on Bill 208 from CTV