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.