Just a freshman in college, Blair beat her Democratic opponent Layne Dieh by a landslide, winning sixty three percent of the vote to his thirty percent.
And she did it by running on a proudly conservative platform, expressing strongly pro-life and pro-gun views.
“I fully support the Second Amendment, I believe in protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty. It’s time that we stopped treating our citizens like terrorists and terrorist like citizens,” she wrote on her campaign website. “Simply stated, firearms allow our law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families. Our constitutional right shall not be infringed!”
She was endorsed by guns rights organizations like West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League and the NRA.
Blair is also staunchly pro-life. She believes that life begins at conception and that tax dollars should not fund abortions. Unlike her father, Republican West Virginia State Senator Craig Blair, she does not support the use of Plan B contraception.
And, she believes in responsible job creation. In an interview with Time Magazine, she explained why she wants to make West Virginia a right-to-work state. “I’ve watched too many people get a high school and college education and then leave the state because they cannot get a good paying job,” she said.
Blair recently told Fox News that many young Republicans are too afraid to speak up about their fiscally and socially conservative values because of the criticism they will receive on social media.
Blair’s historic win shows that there is nothing wrong with being a proud young conservative. She will be a fresh voice in West Virginia state government and will undoubtedly go on to do great things.