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Sarah Huckabee Sanders running for Arkansas governor in 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders embraces former President Donald Trump at the White House on June 13, 2019. She announced Monday that she is running for governor of Arkansas in 2022. File Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI
Sarah Huckabee Sanders embraces former President Donald Trump at the White House on June 13, 2019. She announced Monday that she is running for governor of Arkansas in 2022. File Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas in 2022.

Sanders, former President Donald Trump's press secretary between 2017 and 2019 and daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, announced her bid with a video posted to social media.

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While no woman has ever been governor of Arkansas, Sanders is the second woman to join the 2022 race. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said last summer she's running and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin announced in August.

In her announcement, Sanders said "freedom" and "the rule of law" are under threat from Democratic leadership in Washington, D.C.

"Everything we love about America is at stake, and with the radical left now in control of Washington your governor is your last line of defense," she said in a statement.

"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."

Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson will leave office in two years after serving two terms.

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So far, all candidates in the 2022 race are Republicans.

"It's not about her gender, but a lifetime of preparation," Mike Huckabee tweeted late Sunday.

"She's smart and compassionate, but fearless for what's right."

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