President Donald Trump and Kanye West weren't the only reality stars on the ballot in 2020; Jed Duggar of the 19 Kids And Counting clan ran as a Republican for the Arkansas State House. The tenth child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (FYI: he has a twin, Jeremiah) ran, with no political experience, on a "conservative values" platform against Arkansas Rep. Megan Godfrey, a Democrat, who began her first term in 2018. Godfrey spent "fourteen years as a public school teacher, specialist, and director, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Arkansas," according to her bio.
Jed announced his candidacy in November 2019, giving him a year to campaign. "I'd appreciate your prayers, support and your vote!" Duggar wrote, announcing his campaign on Instagram, adding, "I'm a Conservative. Pro-Life. Pro Second Amendment. Pro Religious Liberty."
Although the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette noted that the district has been traditionally Republican, Godfrey still managed to best Jed on Election Day by nearly ten points. Jed offered a concession on Facebook, writing, "While I am disappointed that we came up short, I am grateful for the opportunity to listen and learn from so many amazing people that make Northwest Arkansas one of the best places to live in the USA." Although Jed Duggar seems to have come to terms with his loss, what how is the rest of the family handling it?
The Duggars have been quiet about Jed's run
It appears the Duggars are handling Jed Duggar's loss privately. As of this writing, it seems that no one from the Duggar family has publicly shared or spoken about Jed's defeat. Although this may be surprising, they weren't exactly getting out the vote for him in the first place.
Users on Reddit noticed the relative radio silence from Jed's family, with one user noting that "only Jana and Jason posted something specifically endorsing Jed or encouraging people to vote for him," and Jana only did so on Election Day. They also noticed that Jed received "Absolute radio silence from siblings like Jessa."
One user noted that many of his siblings don't live in the district he was running to represent so, it would have been impossible (or illegal) for them to vote for him. Another commenter hypothesized that siblings like Jessa wanted to remain apolitical on social media to avoid losing sponsorships. Whatever the reason, Jed's campaign and their reactions seem to be one of the things they're choosing to keep within the family.