Sarah Huckabee Sanders Makes Massive Announcement

The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders reported more than $1.6 million in fundraising last quarter, the deadline for filing state candidates’ quarterly financial reports with the Secretary of State’s office was Tuesday.

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In the meantime, state Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, confirmed Tuesday night that he would not run for secretary of state. The report indicated he raised the least amount of any candidate in that race during the fourth quarter.

Sanders, the only Republican running for governor, said her fourth-quarter fundraising brings her total to over $12.8 million.

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Among the four Democratic candidates for governor, Little Rock’s Chris Jones raised nearly $329,000 last quarter. Jones’ fund-raising total is now nearly $1.3 million.

State and federal candidates for Arkansas’ state and federal offices may file from Feb. 22 through March 1, with the primary election taking place on May 24 and the general election on Nov. 8.

According to Sanders, the record-breaking support her campaign received is “a testament to the leader Arkansans want — one who will invest in our kids’ education while ensuring parental control, create higher-paying jobs, and keep our communities safe.”

“Clearly this message of opportunity is resonating, and together we will make our state the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” she said.

According to Sanders’ campaign, nearly 11,000 of her 87,000 donors are Arkansans.

She is the daughter of former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee and a former White House press secretary for President Donald Trump. In January 2021, she announced that she would run for governor.

During the primary election, she raised almost $1.46 million in contributions and spent just under $1.35 million, leaving a balance of $5.58 million on Dec. 31.

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She raised $161,693.88 for the general election and spent nothing, leaving a balance of $1.76 million.

The primary election last quarter resulted in Jones raising $324,576 and spending $466,180.06; that left the candidate with a balance of $309,725.36.

As of last quarter, Jones had raised $4,270 and spent nothing on the general election, leaving him with a balance of $21,240.

Previously, Jones headed the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.

Three other Little Rock-area Democrats are running for governor: Supha Xayprasith-Mays, James Russell III, and Anthony Bland Sr.

Xayprasith-Mays collected $7,600 last quarter and spent nothing. After that, she had a balance of $14,200.33 at the end of December.

For the last quarter, Russell raised $636 and spent $702, leaving him $1,319.96 in the hole.

Blanket raised $205 last quarter and spent nothing. As a result, his balance at the end of December was $2,147.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge reported raising $308,214.21 and spending $10,685.73 for Arkansas’ primary election last quarter, leaving her with a balance of $297,258.48. Rutledge switched from the governor’s race to the lieutenant governor’s race in November.

The campaign manager for Rutledge disclosed that she raised $460,984.12 and spent nothing in the fourth quarter.

As of Tuesday evening, Rutledge’s campaign had not filed her fourth-quarter report for the lieutenant governor campaign due to technical issues.

Rutledge reported having $144,865 in the bank for the primary election and $432,565 for the general election in her fourth-quarter campaign reports.

There were no returned contributions listed in the reports.

Other Republican candidates for lieutenant governor include state Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe of Little Rock, Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, former Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb of Benton, Washington County Judge Joseph Wood of Fayetteville, and Little Rock businessman Chris Bequette.

Bledsoe had a balance of $253,864.96 on Dec. 31 after raising $50,233.46 for the primary and spending $18,907.98. He reported raising $2,417 for the general election.

In the last quarter, Rapert spent $38,947.49 and raised $47,848.69. On Dec. 31, he had $197,704.36 in his account.

Last quarter, Webb reported raising $46,065 and spending $26,569.16 for the primary, leaving a balance of $177,913.82. For the general election, Webb raised $5,800 and spent nothing in the fourth quarter, leaving a balance of $31,100.

During the last quarter, Wood raised $32,010 and spent $52,027.38 on his primary campaign. Leaving him with a balance of $23,645.75 at the end of December.

As of the end of the quarter, Bequette had raised $3,575 and spent $8,875 on the primary. After that, his balance at the end of December was $17,703.58.

Kelly Krout of Lowell, a Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, raised $33,508.41 and spent $36,601.36 in the first quarter of the year. As of Dec. 31, she had $41,074.20 in the bank.

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Tim Griffin, the Republican candidate for Arkansas attorney general, raised $106,150 last quarter and spent $72,299, leaving a balance of $1.1 million as of Dec. 31.

After entering the governor’s race, Griffin decided to run for attorney general instead.

The other Republican candidate, Leon Jones Jr. of Little Rock, raised $6,731 last quarter and spent $11,638. His campaign carried a balance of $29,607 at the end of December.