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Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been declared the winner of Arkansas’ Republican gubernatorial primary.
Sanders, who served as the press secretary under President Donald Trump, secured the Republican nomination on Tuesday night.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 25, 2022
CNN Projection: Sarah Huckabee Sanders wins GOP nomination in the Arkansas governor's race https://t.co/iSEkZKQZlM
— Kris Ketz (@KrisKetzKMBC) May 25, 2022
BREAKING: Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor. pic.twitter.com/yP7F3TKnY5
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) May 25, 2022
WINNER: Sarah Huckabee Sanders wins Republican Nomination for Governor of Arkansas.
— y2k Elections (@y2k_elections) May 25, 2022
🚨BREAKING: Sarah Huckabee Sanders WINS the Arkansas Governor GOP Primary. America First!🇺🇸
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) May 25, 2022
After casting her vote early on Tuesday, Sanders slammed President Joe Biden and his administration.
“I think paying attention to the bad policies and the failures of the Biden administration and the impact that they have on our state is critically important,” Sanders said. “If they continue to fail the way that they have and they continue to, I think, put states in a difficult position, then absolutely, we’re going to call them out and we’re going to continue to talk about that.”
Barring something unexpected, Sanders is poised to win the general election in November and become the next governor of Arkansas.
“The only thing that could stop Sarah Sanders from being governor of Arkansas is a Martian invasion,” Arkansas Republican strategist Bill Vickery said as he detailed how well Sanders’ campaign has been performing.
Vickery noted that Sanders has a “core connection to voters” given she has been in the public eye since her pre-teen years.
Her father, Mike Huckabee, previously served as the governor of Arkansas and has remained a notable figure in conservative media.
“She sort of grew up in front of everyone in Arkansas. Then as the spokesman for President Trump,” Vickery said, “the vast majority of Arkansas voters, who are Republican, saw what they felt like was a significant mistreatment of her from the national press corps, and pop culture figures — they saw her withstand that.”
Sanders also received a glowing endorsement from President Trump.
Trump previously called her a “warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct.”
Outgoing Arkansas GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson has also endorsed Sanders.
In a statement, Hutchinson said: “I’ve known Sarah Huckabee Sanders most of her life and know firsthand her love for our state and her heart for public service. Sarah has earned the Republican nomination and I’m delighted today to endorse her for Governor. The state of Arkansas will be in good hands with Sarah as Governor, and she has my full support.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement and full support of Governor Hutchinson. I am thankful for his leadership in lowering taxes and laying the foundation for future growth and prosperity. As governor, I will continue his work to lower and phase out the state income tax and unleash bold, conservative reforms that will create opportunity for all Arkansans,” Sanders said about Hutchinson’s endorsement.