CBS News projects that Sarah Huckabee SandersArkansas governor race, which would make her the state’s first female governor.
Sanders, who served as White House press secretary from 2017 to 2019, announced his bid to replace Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson in January. Hutchinson could not run again due to a period limit.
During her campaign, Sanders said she was running to defend “socialism and the right to be free from tyranny” and to defend the Second Amendment, freedom of speech and religious freedom.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Sanders, whose father Mike Huckabee also served as Republican governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, running an unsuccessful presidency in 2008. Sanders was an advisor to his father’s governor and presidential campaigns. She has previously advised other candidates during their campaigns, including Trump and Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
Sanders is one of Trump’s most high-profile former officials to run for office. After leaving her position in the White House, Trump had said he hoped she would run for governor.
He raised $4.8 million in his first quarter as a candidate, his campaign, According to his campaign, the fundraising set a record for the amount of money raised in a single quarter by any candidate in Arkansas history.
Sanders graduated from Ouachita Baptist University. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Brian, and their three children.
In September, Sanders revealed she was successfulShe said in a statement that earlier this year, her doctor ordered a biopsy on an area of concern in her neck and tests showed she had thyroid cancer. She said that she was cancer free after the surgery.
Also running for lieutenant governor of Arkansas on Tuesday was Leslie Routledge. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, no state has ever elected both a female governor and lieutenant governor to run concurrently. However, both Arkansas and Massachusetts can change this on Election Day. CBS NewsMaura Healy was elected as the governor of Massachusetts. Healy ran for Salem mayoral lieutenant governor candidate Kim Driscoll.