Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor

Former White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersTrump expected to resume rallies in June Andrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event MORE Sanders will announce Monday that she will run for governor of Arkansas in what will amount to one of the first tests of the battle for the future of the Republican Party.

The Washington Post first reported Sanders’s plans. A top Republican who will attend her announcement on Monday confirmed her plans to The Hill. 

Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), served almost two years as former President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE’s press secretary. Her combative relationship with the media echoed the president she served, delighting conservative fans and irritating the reporters with whom she sparred.


Sanders plans to formally announce her candidacy with a video published at 8 a.m. Monday, according to the source familiar with her plans.

She will join a competitive Republican primary race to replace Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonDemocrat Chris Jones enters Arkansas governor race with dramatic, viral video DOJ to states: Bans on transgender youth health care are unconstitutional The states taking steps to ban critical race theory MORE (R), who faces term limits after eight years in office. She will challenge Lt. Gov. Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinTrump faces test of power with early endorsements Trump announces new tranche of endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending MORE (R) and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R), both of whom have already said they will run.

Sanders is likely to try to corner the Trump base in an increasingly conservative state. Griffin, a former member of Congress before he returned home, is a more typically establishment Republican; before running for office, he worked in former President George W. Bush’s White House, where he was a protege of Bush strategist Karl RoveKarl Christian RoveThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden mission abroad: reward friends, constrain adversaries Biden's 2022 problem: Even some liberals are starting to say 'Enough!' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden floats infrastructure, tax concessions to GOP MORE

The winner of the Republican primary is likely to be the heavy favorite in the 2022 general election. Though Arkansas has a long history of electing Democratic governors — Hutchinson and Mike Huckabee are the only two Republicans to serve for eight years in state history — the state has become increasingly red in recent years.  

Trump won 62 percent of the vote in Arkansas in 2020, and Hutchinson won reelection to his second term with 65 percent of the vote in 2018.