Trump endorses Arkansas governor's reelection bid ahead of primary

Trump endorses Arkansas governor's reelection bid ahead of primary
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE on Monday threw his support behind Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who is facing a primary challenge on Tuesday.

“I fully endorse Asa for governor!” Trump tweeted.

Hutchinson and four other Republican governors joined Trump at the White House on Monday to discuss border security and ensuring safety in local communities.


Hutchinson is seeking a second four-year term. He is facing a primary challenge from gun-range owner Jan Morgan, who made headlines in 2014 when she declared her business a “Muslim Free Zone.”

Hutchinson is considered a strong favorite for reelection, according to a March poll from Mason-Dixon.

The incumbent received a 65 percent statewide approval rating, according to the poll, which surveyed 625 registered Arkansas voters from March 21-24.

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