Trump’s former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got Arkansas’s Republican nomination for governor in a blowout victory.
Sarah gained over 83% of the vote compared to her opponent Doc Washburn’s 17%
As some of you already know, Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ dad Mike Huckabee was the governor of Arkansas for over a decade.
Now that the primary is over, she’s sure to win the general election due to the fact Arkansas hasn’t had a Democrat governor since 2010.
BREAKING: Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor. pic.twitter.com/yP7F3TKnY5
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) May 25, 2022
🚨BREAKING: Sarah Huckabee Sanders WINS the Arkansas Governor GOP Primary. America First!🇺🇸
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) May 25, 2022
The Associated Press reported Sarah’s victory:
Sarah Sanders won the Republican nomination for governor in Arkansas on Tuesday, putting her on a clear path to lead a solidly red state where Donald Trump’s popularity has overshadowed questions about his administration’s credibility that she faced during her time as White House press secretary.
Sanders won the GOP primary for the office her dad, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, held for a decade after a race where she shattered fundraising records. Sanders bombarded the state’s airwaves with TV ads invoking the former president and going after his favorite targets, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Sanders headed into the primary virtually assured of the nomination, and she remains a heavy favorite in the general election in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat governor since 2010. Nuclear engineer and ordained minister Chris Jones won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary.
Congratulations to Sarah Huckabee Sanders on winning the GOP Nomination for Governor of Arkansas
Throwback to some of her most SAVAGE Moments 🔥 pic.twitter.com/oHBlFr4WPM
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 25, 2022
NPR covered the story too:
Primaries across the country this year are being seen as a test of former President Donald Trump’s influence on voters and the Republican Party, but in solidly red Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ victory in the GOP primary for governor was no surprise.
At 39, Sanders ran an unprecedented campaign for the job once held by her father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Boosted by an early endorsement from Trump and a record-breaking $14 million campaign war chest, Sanders cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night over former talk radio host Francis “Doc” Washburn.
In November, Sanders will face Democrat Chris Jones, a Baptist minister and MIT-educated nuclear engineer who emerged from a crowded Democratic primary field as an early frontrunner.
No matter who ultimately wins, the general election will be a historic one; Jones would be the state’s first Black governor, Sanders would be the first woman elected to the post.
Sanders originally faced stiffer competition for the Republican nomination in the form of the state’s attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin. Established conservatives with statewide name recognition, Rutledge and Griffin both eventually bowed out of the governor’s race in favor of running for other statewide offices.