Mallory Hagan may have a hefty dose of public confidence, but the realistic chances of her unseating U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, in this fall's election are remote, at best. Rogers' -- and Republicans' -- hold on the 3rd congressional district is pretty strong, and it's likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future.
That said, Hagan's giving it a go. She's also getting a fair amount of media attention, including this feature on the website Refinery29: "Former Miss America Mallory Hagan Wants To Change Alabama — American Politics."
"... Hagan has a not-so-secret weapon: the youth. While the 18-to-25 demographic historically has the lowest turnout, with this year's voter outreach efforts from March for Our Lives and other grassroots groups, a youth quake appears to be coming. You have to give young people someone to vote for they can relate to, says Hagan — and that's exactly what she and other young candidates, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, are doing.
"'It speaks to the fact that the two-party system is not working — it's my hope that our generation will be the generation that figures out a different way,' Hagan tells Refinery29. 'It's so exciting to be so young in politics. This year, I'm seeing so many other young people running — we need young people to get involved in their communities and in politics, because we need those voices at the table.'"
Refinery29 is a news website that covers issues centering on young women -- hence, its interest in Hagan, who is 29 and a former Miss America. She won her party's primary this month to become the latest Democrat to challenge Rogers.