Republican voters haven’t had much to celebrate since the beginning of 2021, especially with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris taking over for the outgoing administration of former President Donald Trump.
But a ray of light broke through the grim start of the year this week when, according to the Associated Press, former Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders officially announced that she would be launching a gubernatorial campaign in 2022 in her home state of Arkansas, following in her father Mike Huckabee’s footsteps.
On Sunday night, a senior campaign spokesperson revealed Sanders’ intentions to run for Arkansas governor, and on Monday morning, the news was confirmed: the former press secretary released a powerful, eight-minute-long campaign video confirming her plans.
The video, which she brilliantly captioned with, “I’m in,” provided a look into why Sanders decided to make the run — an idea that has long been rumored after she left Trump’s White House in 2019 to focus on her family life.
Sanders even scored Trump’s early endorsement at the time, the AP noted.
I’m in —> https://t.co/8bmfl3ZPgp
Watch ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/khDPEk0orU
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 25, 2021
Preparing for the primary
According to the AP, Sanders has already done some of the early work of building a foundation for a gubernatorial campaign in the deeply red state, and has spoken to a number of Arkansas GOP groups.
She will join several other Republicans in the state’s 2022 primary battle to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who will have completed her two-term service.
According to the AP, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge — two Republican leaders in the state — are set to run against Sanders.
In the meantime, Sanders can already proudly claim the title of being the first working mother to hold the position of White House press secretary, and she was only the third woman in U.S. history to hold the coveted position, the AP notes.
She gained tremendous respect and a large following during her two-year stint as Trump’s spokeswoman, especially as she was one of the first to make headlines for standing her ground amid a perpetual flurry of attacks from the anti-Trump mainstream media.
Though her challengers have reportedly raised nearly $3 million to fund their primary campaigns already, with Trump’s backing and resources coupled with the donation power of tens of millions of Trump supporters, there’s no doubt that Sanders is all but a shoo-in for the job.