On Friday, current Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson endorsed former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as his successor, saying that his state “will be in good hands” under her leadership. This comes two days after Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge dropped out of the race.
“I’ve known Sarah Huckabee Sanders most of her life and know firsthand her love for our state and her heart for public service,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “Sarah has earned the Republican nomination and I’m delighted today to endorse her for Governor.”
The Hill added:
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), served for two years as [45th] President Trump’s White House press secretary, and has maintained a close alliance with him ever since. Trump endorsed her bid for governor in January.
In a statement on Friday, Sanders thanked Hutchinson for his endorsement, pledging to follow his lead on tax policy.
“I am thankful for his leadership lowering taxes and laying the foundation for future growth and prosperity,” she said. “As governor, I will continue to his work to lower and phase out the state income tax and unleash bold, conservative reforms that will create opportunity for all Arkansans.”