Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Run for Arkansas Governor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as White House press secretary under former President Donald J. Trump, will officially announce her candidacy for governor of Arkansas on Monday in a video scheduled to go online this morning, one person said, who was informed of their plans.

Ms. Sanders will be running for a seat her father Mike Huckabee once held, and she is considered to be Mr Trump’s preferred candidate.

To some extent, it will also be a test of Mr Trump’s remaining strength in the Republican Party, which has split following the tumultuous final weeks of Mr Trump’s presidency, his false claims of widespread electoral fraud, and his role in igniting one Riot of his supporters in the Capitol on January 6th.

When Ms. Sanders stepped down as press secretary in June 2019, Mr. Trump suggested that Ms. Sanders run for governor in Arkansas. She is expected to face an elementary school, but just her name recognition will give her a boost from the get-go.

Ms. Sanders has already set up a fundraising team, said another person who was briefed on her plans.

Mrs. Sanders was one of Mr. Trump’s favorite advisors while she was working for him. But she was a lightning rod for criticism while she was press secretary, especially for her interactions with reporters from the White House briefing room.

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