At 17, Saira Blair is only barely old enough to drive. But the West Virginia teen is on course to become America’s youngest state legislator after unseating a Republican nearly four times her age.
Blair ran as a hard-line conservative in her successful attempt to defeat Larry Kump, a 67-year-old member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
The high school student touted her support for gun owners and her opposition to abortion as she charged to an 872-728 victory.
“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,” said Blair.
She enlisted classmates at Hedgesville High School to knock on doors and plant campaign signs on the side of the road.
“Quite frankly, she out-campaigned me,” admitted Kump, famous for his habit of speaking in rhymes during his floor speeches.
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