Sarah Huckabee Sanders receives key in-state endorsements to be next Arkansas governor

During her time as White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders became known as one of the Trump administration’s most high-profile and loyal members.

Although Sanders stepped down from that role in 2019, as Fox News reported, she has since announced plans to seek the Arkansas governorship, and she’s already collecting a number of high-powered endorsements for her gubernatorial run. 

Fox News recently reported that Sanders has managed to rack up a slew of endorsements in her quest to become Arkansas governor, an office that her father, former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, held from 1996 to 2007.

Strong backing

Among those backing Sanders is current Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who said the state would “be in good hands” under Sanders’ leadership.

“I’ve known Sarah Huckabee Sanders most of her life and know firsthand her love for our state and her heart for public service,” Hutchinson said.

The current governor went on to insist that Sanders “has earned the Republican nomination,” adding, “I’m delighted today to endorse her for Governor.”

GOP senators agree

Also getting behind the former White House press secretary are all four members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation, who made their views clear in a joint statement.

Republican Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Bruce Westerman, and Steve Womack wrote that they “are proud to endorse Sarah Huckabee Sanders for governor of Arkansas.

“We know she is the right leader for our state, and it is time for Republicans to come together so we can move forward in our fight for a stronger Arkansas and a stronger America,” the four lawmakers stressed.

Polls favor Sanders

Also giving Sanders their stamp of approval are her state’s two Republican senators, with Tom Cotton (R) and John Boozman (R) both declaring she would be an “outstanding governor.”

A poll conducted last month by the Remington Research Group found that Sanders is the clear favorite to win her party’s nomination, holding a 57 point lead among Republican primary voters over her chief rival, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).

The poll also indicated that impressions of Sanders are overwhelmingly favorable, with 78% of GOP voters viewing her in a positive light, with almost no difference from the viewpoints of both men and women.

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