Sarah Sanders, former spokeswoman for Donald Trump, was elected governor of Arkansas

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He defeated Democratic candidate Chris Jones in the gubernatorial race in his predominantly Republican home state. With this victory she becomes the first woman to lead Arkansas

Sarah Sanders, former spokeswoman for Donald Trump, was elected governor of Arkansas

Sarah Sanders, a former spokeswoman for Donald Trump, was elected governor of Arkansas. (REUTERS)

The former White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, was elected this Tuesday with 58.2% of the votes as the governor of Arkansas, becoming the first woman to lead this state and the highest-profile official of the Trump administration in a elected office.

Sanders defeated Democratic candidate Chris Jonesin the gubernatorial race in his predominantly Republican home state, where former President Donald Trump remains popular.

Sanders broke fundraising records during his election campaign, which focused largely on national issues. The daughter of former Governor Mike Huckabee, promised to use the position to fight against President Joe Biden and the “radical left”.

Sanders replaces Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who will leave office in January due to term limits.

Hutchinson, who supported Sanders' candidacy, is considering running for president in 2024 and has clashed on several occasions with Donald Trump, who publicly encouraged the now-elected governor to run for office when she left the White House in 2019 to return to Arkansas.

Sanders was a well-known figure in the state long before Trump. He appeared in ads for his father, former Governor Mike Huckabee, and worked on his campaigns. She managed Senator John Boozman in 2010 and worked as an advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014.

Sarah Sanders, former spokeswoman for Donald Trump, was elected Governor of Arkansas

Sanders defeated Democratic candidate Chris Jones in the gubernatorial race in his predominantly Republican home state, where former President Donald Trump remains popular. (REUTERS)

He briefly left the campaign in September after undergoing operation for thyroid cancer. His doctor said he was free of the disease after surgery.

During the nearly two years Sanders was in the White House, he cut back on televised briefingsnewspapers after repeatedly confronting journalists who aggressively questioned her. He had to face questions about his credibility, especially after special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed that Sanders admitted to making an unsubstantiated claim to reporters about the agents' reaction. of the FBI to the firing of director James Comey. But he also earned the respect of journalists by working behind the scenes to develop relationships with the media.

Sanders embraced Trump's rhetoric during his run for governor and embraced many of her pet targets, including critical race theory and the national media. But he avoided criticizing Hutchinson, even after the former president called him a “Republican in name only” for vetoing an anti-transgender law.

Sarah Sanders, former spokeswoman for Donald Trump, was elected governor of Arkansas

Sanders embraced Trump's rhetoric during her run for governor and embraced many of his pet targets, including critical racial theory and the media of national communications. (REUTERS)

Sanders has stopped short of agreeing with Trump that his loss in the 2020 presidential election was stolen, though he said the former president has a right to do so. statement.

Chris Jones, an ordained Baptist minister and nuclear engineer, had presented himself to voters as a more unifying figure than Sanders. He launched his campaign with a viral video discussing his family's history in the state.

(With information from The Associated Press)

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