Former Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has won the Republican nomination for governor of Arkansas.
Sanders, whose father, Mike Huckabee, held the post from 1996 to 2007, was the front-runner since she announced her bid last year. The governorship, held by Republican Asa Hutchinson, is open due to term limits. With Arkansas now a deep-red state, Sanders is a strong favorite to win in November.
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Former President Donald Trump endorsed his former spokeswoman the day she announced her bid for governor in January 2021.
“I love Arkansas. This is where I've spent 35 out of 39 years of my life. I love every little small town and diner and all the culture of each little community, and I want my kids to inherit the same Arkansas that I fell in love with as a kid," Sanders said in April. "Going around the state with my dad and seeing all 75 counties, I want them to inherit that goodness that I think Arkansas represents.”
Throughout the campaign, she polled far ahead of her only Republican opponent, radio host Francis "Doc" Washburn. In November, she will face Democratic nominee Chris Jones.
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Sanders is no stranger to Arkansas's political scene, having spent part of her childhood working on her father's campaigns, and she got her start in national politics while working on his 2008 presidential campaign.
Sanders was press secretary for Trump's administration for two years, starting in July 2017. She was a boisterous defender of the Trump administration, and at times, she had a confrontational relationship with White House reporters.