And she's favored in the general too.

17-year-old Second Amendment champion takes down incumbent in West Virginia legislative primary

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Saira Blair

She’s too young to vote, but it does not appear that will keep conservative Saira Blair from being elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates. She showed something on Tuesday night by taking down the Republican incumbent in the primary, and now she takes her pro-life, pro-gun message up against the Democratic nominee in a very red district.


Blair is 17. She could not vote for herself on Tuesday, although she will turn 18 by Election Day. No matter what happens, she’s already shown what she’s made of:

Saira Blair will graduate from a West Virginia high school later this month. She posts photos of her smoothie habit on Instagram, volunteers at the Martinsburg VA hospital and helps raise money for the Make-a-Wish foundation. She will not be eligible to vote until July.

  But on Tuesday, she beat a sitting state delegate who was seeking a third term in office.

  With all 13 precincts in her Martinsburg-area district reporting, Blair beat state Del. Larry Kump (R) by an 872-728 vote margin.

Blair campaigned on an anti-abortion, pro-Second Amendment platform, offering her cellphone number to constituents and pledging not to go negative.

Name recognition appears to have helped somewhat, as Blair’s father is a state senator. Still, Blair is a pretty common name, and surely most of the voters had heard about her age and the unconventional nature of her candidacy.

I have no idea if this means the establishment is getting the message, but it certainly looks like the farm system is promising. Congratulations, Saira, and good luck in November!


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