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Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders wins GOP Arkansas gubernatorial primary

Little Rock, Ark. ( Associated Press) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders won the Republican nomination for governor of Arkansas on Tuesday after a campaign where she focused primarily on national issues and criticized President Joe Biden.

Sanders defeated former talk radio host and podcaster Doc Washburne, who made a long-shot bid for the GOP nomination, in the primary. Nuclear engineer and appointed minister Chris Jones gained an early lead on Tuesday among five Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for governor.

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Sanders was endorsed by his former boss, former President Donald Trump, and broke fundraising records since entering the race last year. Sanders, the daughter of former Governor Mike Huckabee, blanketed the state with ads following Biden on issues like inflation and vowed to fight the “radical left.”

“As governor, I would say no to Biden and the radical leftist agenda,” Sanders says in one of her TV commercials.

Sanders, along with her husband and three children, cast their vote in Little Rock shortly after voting began on Tuesday.

“I think it’s critically important to pay attention to the poor policies and failures of the Biden administration and their impact on our state,” she said Tuesday morning. “If they keep failing the way that they have and they continue to, I think, put the states in a difficult position, then absolutely, we’re going to call them out and we’re going to talk about it. will continue.”

As Trump’s spokesman, Sanders was the face of an administration that contributed to the country’s division. She is running at a time when Republicans across the country are taking on the president’s rhetoric and approach on a range of issues, including immigration policy and the way race is taught in schools.

During Sanders’ nearly two-year tenure in the White House, he withdrew daily televised briefings after repeatedly flirting with reporters who had questioned him aggressively. He faced questions about his credibility, particularly after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that Sanders admitted to making an unfounded claim to reporters about the response of FBI agents to the firing of Director James Comey. . But he also earned the respect of journalists by working behind the scenes to develop relationships with the media.

Jones began his campaign for the Democratic nomination last year with a video that quickly went viral and contradicted Sanders’ rhetoric.

“I was not born into politics,” Jones said in a recent TV commercial. “My parents raised me to care about people.”

Jones faced teacher Anthony Bland, former state Representative Jay Martin, mental health clinic operator James “Russ” Russell and small business owner Supa Zyprasith-Mays in Tuesday’s primary.

If neither of the Democrats wins a majority, the top two will face each other in the June 21 primary runoff.

The candidate is running to succeed Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who has been barred from seeking re-election due to term limits and is considering running for president in 2024. Hutchinson backed Sanders’ bid for the nomination after two of his main rivals, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge dropped out to run for other offices.

Trump publicly encouraged Sanders to run for governor when he left the White House in 2019 to return to his home state.

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Sanders was already well-known in Arkansas politics when she appeared in commercials for her father’s campaigns. She managed Sen. John Boozman’s 2010 campaign and served as an advisor to Sen. Tom Cotton in 2014. She continues to appear in commercials supporting Boozman’s re-election bid while trying to meet the challenges in Tuesday’s primary.

Sanders has promised to eliminate state income tax, though he has declined to give a timeline for doing so or provide details on how to pay for the loss in revenue.

Before jumping into the gubernatorial race, Jones headed the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs. He has dubbed his platform “PB&J,” which he says stands for Preschool, Broadband and Jobs.

Polly Harper, 77, who is retired from Little Rock, cited Sanders’ experience at the White House as supporting him in the GOP primary.

“I think she was capable, she was calm,” Harper said before casting her vote. “She was conservative. She just didn’t panic. She was level-headed and responsible.”

Donna Chachere, a systems developer from Little Rock, said she voted for Jones in the Democratic primary because she thought she would have the best chance in the fall.

“Even if their numbers are a bit significant, perhaps next time it will encourage more people to vote outside the traditional statesmanship in Arkansas,” she said.

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