Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) has officially defeated challenger Chris Jones (D-AR), making her the first female governor in state history and 44th overall.
Congratulations to @SarahHuckabee on becoming the first woman governor in Arkansas' history.
Your strength in the face of tremendous adversity has been an inspiration to us all. pic.twitter.com/kG0P0tzBgK
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 9, 2022
The former White House Press Secretary was endorsed by her former boss and is replacing Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), a change many Republicans view as an upgrade.
Hutchinson was first elected in 2015 and has been the subject of much criticism throughout his tenure, most notably when he vetoed a 2021 bill that would’ve banned gender transformation procedures for minors.
The inexplicable veto led to a legendary ambush by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, one that Hutchinson apparently didn’t see coming.
Following the infamous veto, Donald Trump also chimed in on Twitter with some harsh words.
“Asa Hutchinson, the lightweight RINO Governor of Arkansas just vetoed a Bill that banned CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN. ‘Bye-bye Asa,’ that’s the end of him,” wrote the former president.
Huckabee Sanders has been highly critical of the Biden administration, accusing them of “destroying everything” during an appearance on Fox & Friends yesterday.
“Joe Biden and his team and the House Democrats and the Senate [Democrats] have literally destroyed every single thing they have touched,” she said. “That is why there is so much excitement to see Republicans take back the House, to see Republicans take back the Senate, and to take over the 36 governor’s races across the country today.”