Teen, 17, Wins GOP Race for Not 'Rocket-Science' Job

Saira Blair beats two-term incumbent Larry Kump

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 15, 2014 10:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Saira Blair can't legally vote yet, but she managed to rack up a sizable number of votes all the same. The West Virginia 17-year-old emerged victorious in the Republican primary over (two-term) incumbent state delegate Larry Kump, 872-728, on Tuesday. Among the very teenage elements to her campaign, per the Washington Post and the Herald-Mail: She freely gave out her cellphone number to voters and described the job as not "rocket science by any means." Blair, who is pro-gun rights, against abortion, and the daughter of a West Virginia state senator, also outspent the 67-year-old $4,800 to $1,800.

She'll be up against Layne Diehl in November in her quest to win a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates. If she does so, she'll be the youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history, reports the AP—and will have to skip the spring semester at West Virginia University, where she's headed in the fall to pursue economics and Spanish degrees. Lawmakers convene for business in Charleston from January to March, and the two-year House gig pays a $20,000 annual salary.

In this May 13, 2014 photo, Saira Blair, a 17-year-old student at Hedgesville High School, waves to motorists along Route 9 in Hedgesville, W. Va.   (AP Photo/The Herald-Mail, Ric Dugan)
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