The election for governor of Arkansas has been declared won by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Sanders, 40, served as the former president Donald Trump’s press secretary. She is also the daughter of Mike Huckabee, the 44th governor of Arkansas.
By beating Democrat Chris Jones, she becomes the first woman to hold the post of governor of Arkansas, according to The Associated Press. Sanders won 60 percent of the vote to Jones’ 38.1 percent after 40 percent of the ballots had been tabulated.
Asa Hutchinson, a term-limited Republican governor who has declared his desire to run for president, would be replaced by Sanders.
According to KARK-TV, Arkansas has had consecutive Republican governors for the first time since Reconstruction. Additionally, this is the first election of a governor’s child in Arkansas.
After Sanders left the White House, it was Trump who encouraged her to run for governor.
Another term-limited government official, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who had earlier declared her campaign for governor, had issues after learning of her entry into the contest.
She later moved her nomination to that of lieutenant governor, saying in public that the entry of Sanders into the contest had not harmed their long friendship.
Former congressman and lieutenant governor Tim Griffin, who was also running for governor, withdrew and decided to run for attorney general instead.
Sanders is familiar with Arkansas politics, despite the impression that she intervened to disrupt Republican primary contests that were already under way.
She talked about her involvement in her father’s campaign in speeches throughout the election. Additionally, she oversaw the 2010 campaign for former senator John Boozman, and in 2014, she served as Sen. Tom Cotton’s adviser.
For state Republicans, who have recently grown and won elections, Sanders’ triumph came as little of a surprise given their supermajority in the assembly. After nearly a century and a half of Democratic rule, Arkansas was the last Southern state to vote Republican.
Given the negative coverage the former president received in the media, Sanders struggled in her post as press secretary for Trump, giving as good as she got in heated arguments with White House reporters.
Despite having no connection to Sanders’ campaign, I must disclose that I’m the Republican state committeeman for Washington County, Arkansas.
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