Saira Blair, a 17-year-old high school student, defeated Republican state delegate Larry Kump in the GOP state primaries on Tuesday. Kump, a 67-year-old man, admitted, “Quite frankly, she out-campaigned me… It was a low voter turnout and she won.” (Roughly 1,600 votes were cast.)
Blair is a principled conservative with strong views on social issues and federal government overreach. On her Facebook page, she pledges never to use political robocalls, be completely transparent with the public, never use special legislative vanity license plates, and “to promote and support conservative fiscal policy for State government.”
Blair ran a very successful get-out-the-vote campaign, even getting friends her own age to vote in the primary. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary so long as their 18th birthday falls before the general election, and the same rule applies to Blair’s eligibility to run in the primary. And now she’s won and will move on to the general election.
Oh, and her high school class is graduating next week. So kind of a busy month.