President Trump’s former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a glide path to becoming the next Arkansas governor, following in the steps of her father, Mike Huckabee.

Speculation had long swirled when she left the White House in 2019 that she was set to launch her own political career. After a stop-over on Fox News as a contributor, she did officially announce in late January 2021. Since then, she’s broken Arkansas fundraising records, bringing in $12.8 million over the past year and enters the election year with $7 million in the bank. Not only does she, naturally, have Trump’s full-throated endorsement, but the backing of term-limited GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson as well.

Sanders is set to win the uncontested Republican nomination on May 24, after two of her earlier opponents dropped out last year — Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin decided to run for attorney general instead just two weeks after Sanders launched her campaign, while current Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced last November that she was running for lieutenant governor.

Given her

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