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High school senior defeats incumbent Republican in primary election

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A high school student who is too young to vote will be on the ballot in November.

Her name is Saira Blair and she is a high school senior from West Virginia. Unlike most kids prepping for the prom and the summer before college, Blair had something else in mind. Running against incumbent Larry Kump for the West Virginia House of Delegates District 59, Blair defeated Kump by an 872-728 vote margin.

According to her Facebook page, Blair is a member of the WV Citizens Defense League and the NRA, and describes herself as "pro-family, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-business, pro-jobs, and pro-West Virginia." According to state finance records, Kump underestimated the 17 year old senior, spending only $1,800 in his re-election campaign. Blair, on the other hand, was able to raise $4,800 and used it to her advantage.

"I think I'm fully capable of doing the job," Blair said during an interview with the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, "I don't think it's rocket science by any means — not if you just listen to the people."

Blair, the favorite in a Republican dominated district, will face Democratic nominee, Layne Diehl. While Blair is only 17 now, she will be 18 by the time the election is held in November and will be in the middle of her first semester at West Virginia University. Politics seem to run in the family as her father, Craig Blair, is a state senator.



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