Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) will drop her bid for governor and run for lieutenant governor instead.
In a statement Tuesday, Rutledge said Sarah huckabeeTrump expected to resume rallies in June Andrew Giuliani’s planning race for New York Governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event MORE Sanders, the former White House press secretary who announced her candidacy for the governor’s mansion in January, “will stand firm against the onslaught of the liberal left’s attack on our home state.” The Associated Press reported.
“At this crossroads in our country’s history, now is the time for conservative Christian leaders to come together and fight together against those who wish to destroy the America we know and love,” Rutledge continued, according to AP.
Little Rock NBC affiliate KARK indicated that Rutledge said he will work with Sanders, his friend of many years, to make “transformative change” in Arkansas.
The announcement leaves Sanders unopposed in the Republican primary to replace the current governor. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonMost Republican governors were silent on the infrastructure bill A bipartisan remedy to the wave of anti-LGBTQ legislative attacks? Passing the Equality Act Sunday shows: Democrats’ spending plan in the spotlight MORE (R) in 2022. Hutchinson is ineligible to run again after serving as governor for eight years.
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor. Tim griffinJohn (Tim) Timothy Griffin Arkansas Legislature Divides Little Rock in Measure Securing Republican Seats Trump Faces Test of Power with Early Endorsements Trump announces new tranche of endorsements MORE (R), who also has a limited term in office, ended his run for governor in February after Sanders entered the race. Now he’s running for attorney general.
“I want to thank @LeslieRutledge for their leadership,” Sanders tweeted in response to Rutledge’s announcement. “I look forward to rallying Arkansans behind my vision to grow our economy and create high-paying jobs, increase access to quality education, and pursue bold and conservative reforms that take our state to the top.”
I want to thank @LeslieRutledge for his leadership. I look forward to rallying Arkansans behind my vision to grow our economy and create high-paying jobs, increase access to quality education, and pursue bold and conservative reforms that take our state to the top. https://t.co/ganDW1I6Cc
– Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) November 9, 2021
“Thanks @SarahHuckabee! I look forward to working with you, my friend! “Rutledge said in response.
– Leslie Rutledge (@LeslieRutledge) November 9, 2021
Sanders was an early favorite to replace Hutchinson and has earned the backing of the former President TrumpDonald Trump Federal judge rejects Trump’s effort to block the release of the documents on January 6 Sununu underscores the uncertain path of the Republican Party to obtain a majority in the Senate Trump endorses Idaho lt. gov. against the incumbent Republican leader MORE. His campaign said in October that it raised more than $ 11 million since January, of which $ 3.7 million comes from Arkansas.
Meanwhile, Rutledge is now entering a crowded field of Republicans seeking to occupy the second-highest position in the state, KARK noted. Before Rutledge’s announcement, six other candidates had announced their bid for lieutenant governor, including five Republicans and one Democrat.