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Kansas teen wins first political race in Democratic primary

18-Year-Old One Step Closer to Becoming State Rep.

TONGANOXIE, Kan. -- He's only 18 years old and by all accounts, Austin Harris made history on election night. The Tonganoxie teenager and virtual unknown won his first big political race on Tuesday.

"It's exciting. We worked hard and we knew we had a shot at it, " an elated Harris told Fox 4's Robert Townsend during a follow-up interview on Wednesday.

Harris' "shot" at the Democratic primary in the 42nd District for the Kansas House of Representatives is now a sweet victory he, his family and his supporters are all celebrating.

"We said a lot of prayers before the election. The race was close at times before all of the numbers came in, so we knew it would be a very long night," said Harris.

The recent Tonganoxie High School graduate defeated Harold Fevurly, Jr. by a vote of 302 to 241. Harris, who's making education in Kansas his top priority, says he will take a new way of thinking to the state Capitol.

The young Democrat is now gearing up for what he calls "a tough battle" come November against Republican incumbent Connie O'Brien.

"I think we have shown that by winning the primary election that you can do it, and age doesn't disqualify you from being able to be elected or chosen to run or represent your people," added Harris.

Voters will have their say when they go to the polls for the general election on November 4th.

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petpetdon August 09 2014 at 5:28 AM

See. it is crap like this that should never happen in politics and voting. This ltitle punk ass thinks he knows everything.

He doesn't own anything and will tax the rest of us to death to get what HE wants.

You POS liberals are destroying the USA.

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tailor270 August 09 2014 at 7:37 AM

He may have won this round, but he's a Democrat; in essence...still a Loser.

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ranger197172 August 09 2014 at 7:32 AM

So the smartest dem they could find in Kansas was a 19 year old. Guess Toto hasn't made it home yet.

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ROBERT J'S August 09 2014 at 8:11 AM

Get a job first before you think you know everything..

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chrlbrw1122 August 09 2014 at 10:43 AM

Yes that is what the Democrats need!! A boy whos Mom is still doing his laundry and lives at home..Has no life experience. He will fit right in with inexperienced Obozo.

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TR by ML Neal... chrlbrw1122 August 09 2014 at 3:08 PM

chrlbrw...and you know this why????

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ISpeakOnlyTRUTH chrlbrw1122 August 09 2014 at 8:55 PM

And both will be 10000% better than Bushwhacker

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greggrwag August 09 2014 at 6:37 AM

Why would any state party take a punk who's under the driking age seriously?

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quincy_maxwell August 09 2014 at 9:41 AM

Good. Maybe we can get something done with a young man. Obviously nothing can be done with the old, greedy, bought and paid for politicians we have in office now.

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TR by ML Neal... quincy_maxwell August 09 2014 at 3:08 PM

Way to go Quincy!!!

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ranger197172 August 09 2014 at 7:33 AM

How smart can people be that elect a dem ?

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cdrewparks889 August 09 2014 at 7:28 AM

and now we're electing teens. remind me again why America is the greatest country in the world?

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Kate cdrewparks889 August 09 2014 at 11:23 AM

Because we take people who deserve it, seriously.

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TR by ML Neal... cdrewparks889 August 09 2014 at 3:09 PM

cdre....money. And if he's old enough to run....why not!!!

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ISpeakOnlyTRUTH August 09 2014 at 12:34 PM

In reading many comments, it appears the GOP and T-Baggers are scared.

Too bad we don't have more of this instead of re-electing the same trash that has ruined our government for DECADES.

Yes, he's young, but don't let it fool you. The adults that are in goverment now act like they have no brains.

This kid can do great things!

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mistykay13 ISpeakOnlyTRUTH August 09 2014 at 4:21 PM

How can he do "great things"? Unless he's one of those boy genius types who graduate from college at 15 years old, then I expect just a high school diploma won't serve him well since we all know the state of our liberal public schools that focus on social issues rather then teaching our younger generation to know history, math, English and geography. If he can actually tell me how many Constitutional Amendments there are & what their purpose is, or be able to name the first thirteen original states then I MIGHT give him a shot here. Otherwise, while I applaud any one who endeavors to serve the public, he might just not be experienced enough to understand what real people deal with on a daily basis like paying a mortgage, bills, putting food on the table, etc.

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ISpeakOnlyTRUTH mistykay13 August 09 2014 at 4:51 PM

If Bush made it, this kid has more going for him. He's not tainted by the wealth of the oil fields or the kiss-up of $$ as opposed to the REAL people he will serve.

Never underestimate the power of our younger generation. They see and know more than many of our fools in governement today.

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jjdp ISpeakOnlyTRUTH August 09 2014 at 5:37 PM

I ahree. Everyone whines about needing new blood in Govt. Apparently older Adults aren't willing to run,so why not? He cant do any worse than the idiots in office now. I wish him luck.

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