Former President Donald Trump has been maligned by the people in his own party. However, Republican voters are consistently pulling the lever for just about anyone he endorses — including a former administration member.
Trump’s former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the Arkansas Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday in a landslide, Breitbart reported. Trump had endorsed Huckabee Sanders early in the race over challenger Francis Doc Washburn.
The Associated Press called the race with only 33% of ballots counted because Huckabee Sanders had already clinched 81.3% of the vote. By contrast, Washburn, a former talk radio host, had just 18.7%.
In January 2021, Trump issued a statement endorsing Huckabee Sanders, whom he called “a warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct.” Trump also pointed out that Huckabee Sanders is “strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers,” he wrote on his “Save America” political action committee website.
“She loves our Military and Veterans – and her home state of Arkansas. Sarah will be a GREAT Governor, and she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said.
Thank you President Trump for your endorsement and for always believing in me. As governor I will defend our freedom and lead with heart pic.twitter.com/QFtyuNpSm1
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 26, 2021
Trump’s early and eager endorsement was instrumental in Huckabee Sanders’s fundraising success. Her overflowing coffers were enough to prompt Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to step aside in November and direct her supporters to Huckabee Sanders, making it a decisive two-man race.
Huckabee Sanders is poised to follow in the footsteps of her father, former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee. However, if she wins the general election, Huckabee Sanders will have the added distinction of becoming the first woman governor of Arkansas.
As Trump’s press secretary, Huckabee Sanders faced down attacks from the establishment media and deftly handled the challenge. Not only is she eminently qualified to be governor of Arkansas, but she’s also benefited from Trump’s endorsement that is proving to be as good as gold.