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Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces bid to become Arkansas governor

Sanders will be seen as the Trump-backed candidate in the field.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders
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Updated: January 25, 2021 - 3:16pm

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Trump administration press secretary and the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, on Monday announced her bid for the Arkansas governorship.

Sanders made the announcement Monday morning via a video posted to her twitter page.

Her decision to run was not unexpected, she has long been supported in her political endeavors by former President Trump.

She will face a primary field populated by multiple top Arkansas Republicans but is viewed as an early favorite. Republicans are expected to retain the Arkansas governorship.

Asa Hutchinson, the current GOP governor, cannot seek reelection because of term limits.

The outcome of her race is expected to show how much influence Trump still over the Republican Party.

Trump won 62% of the state's vote in November.

"She is very special special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job. I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas -- she would be fantastic," Trump tweeted when Sanders departed from the White House.