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So Easy a 17-Year-Old Can Do It: Teen Wins GOP Primary on Pro-Life, Pro-Guns Platform

Say what you will about the Republican Party but they have mastered the art of winning elections by pandering to people’s fear and hate. It’s such a can’t-miss idea that a 17-year-old girl in West Virginia has won the Republican primary for her district’s House of Delegates seat, defeating an incumbent nearly four times older.

Last Tuesday, 17-year-old Saira Blair won the GOP primary and is likely to become the youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history. Blair qualified for the election by just a few months as she will turn 18 in July, enabling her to run in the November general election.

Blair is, of course, running as a pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-tax candidate.

Blair says “people saw that you don’t need to wait until you are 40, 50, or 60 to realize our conservative principles are beneficial to everyone.”

It doesn’t hurt that her dad Craig Blair once held the same seat she is running for.

Blair, who is set to graduate from high school, said she would skip spring semesters to meet her obligations as a state lawmaker since the West Virginia legislature is only in session from January to March.

Craig Blair says “she has never had a curfew or anything like that. As long as you’re performing to the best of your ability, I don’t make rules for her.”

Kump, the 67-year-old two-term delegate who lost to Blair, said “quite frankly, she out-campaigned me. It was a low voter turnout election and she won.”

Just 1,500 people cast their vote in the district and Blair won by 150.

Her Democratic opponent, 44-year-old Layne Diehl, says “she certainly has taken on this challenge and I think that she’s up to it.”

Given that her dad and the current two-term lawmaker are both Republican, Blair is highly likely to win her election on party label alone.

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  • Beau

    not old enough to purchase a firearm, has yet to become pregnant, and most likely doesn’t work at a job where she makes enough money to pay income taxes. i.e. doesn’t know squat about the real world.

    • Jordan Gray

      Right because purchasing a gone and getting recklessly pregnant tells you everything you need to know about the real world… oh wait, it doesn’t.

    • Leota Scott

      But she hates really good, that’s enough for them.

  • scooterreh

    But she’s old enough and smart enough to realize the Democrat’s are morons and thieves! Good for her!

    • Guest

      The point is she’s not old enough to know anything. Surely you don’t think everything that someone needs to know to be in a state legislature can be learned before one is 18.

      Or…maybe you do.

    • Goforride

      Scooter, how does it feel to be a serial loser?

    • janetramos

      Scooterreh..u can call name’s all you want. .Your childish behavior speaks volumes as to you and your fellow kind.

  • Goforride

    I’m anti-tax and think we should start with her education. Obviously, we’re not getting a return off our investment if she’s anti-tax while she’s done nothing her whole life but take other people’s taxes.
    On the other hand, maybe she DOES have what it takes to be a Republican: be against taxes and government while getting all you can from the government and other people’s taxes.

  • The Chocolate Chips

    Republicans continue to out ridiculous themselves nearly every day.

  • Beverly Brown

    Really now. What does she know about politics? Sad day in America.

  • Paul ‘Skip’ Ireland

    Don’t make her out to be so young. She’s 17 in West Virginia. She and her toothless brother probably already have 3 kids together.

  • scooterreh

    Are you people really so stupid that you cannot see the larger picture here. Can you not see that the American people are so fed up with the establishment and the idiot in the White House that they would actually vote to have a 17 year old represent them? As for some of the posters on here, she’s 17, she’s not pregnant, working on her education, and cares enough about her country to get involved and try to effect some changes. I’d say she has a lot going for her that you losers bashing her, will never be able to claim!