Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former press secretary and current gubernatorial candidate, shattered a fundraising record in her home state of Arkansas, raising more money than any other campaign for governor in “The Natural State’s” history.
Sanders, who served as the White House Press Secretary for President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2019 and is the daughter of the 44th Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, has had no problem when it comes to raking in donations from around the state.
The former press secretary and Trump confidant reportedly raised $4.2 million in the second fundraising quarter, which includes more than $1.5 million from Arkansans. This increased her total to a staggering $9.1 million from more than 67,000 donors, shattering the record for the most money ever raised by any gubernatorial candidate in the state’s history.
Not only did she break records in the second quarter, but she also raked in millions during the first fundraising quarter, as well.
Sanders reported that she raised more than $4.8 million in the first two months after announcing her candidacy on January 25, which included more than $1.5 million from Arkansans.
During a video where Sanders announced her run for governor, she stated, “As governor, I will defend your right to be free of socialism and tyranny, your Second Amendment right to keep your family safe, and your freedom of speech and religious liberty.”
“I’m fighting for you. I will not retreat. I will not surrender,” said Sanders. “And I will not bow down to the radical Left, not now, not ever. As governor, I will defend our freedom and lead with heart.”
According to her website, Sarah has a long list of accomplishments and an even longer list of political experiences. She has been recognized in Fortune and TIME Magazine “40 under 40.” She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “Speaking for Myself,” a former Fox News contributor, and serves on the Fulbright board.
Sarah has also worked in many leadership roles for U.S. senators, governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Pryor, and she was Senator John Boozman’s campaign manager in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln.
In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, Arkansas former Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. She served in the Department of Education during President George W. Bush‘s administration, and was campaign manager of the “ONE” campaign, a global non-profit founded by U2’s Bono that sought to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
The gubernatorial election will take place in November of 2022 where Sanders will be challenged by fellow GOP member Leslie Rutledge, the first Republican and first female attorney general in the state of Arkansas.