America First candidate and Trump’s former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, raised a record $4.8 million dollars in her race to become the next governor of Arkansas, breaking the state record for quarterly fundraising.
Of the nearly $5 million dollars in campaign contributions, $1.5 million came from Arkansans, “shattering” the state’s quarterly campaign record, according to a press released published Thursday by Sanders’ campaign.
Since announcing her gubernatorial run in January, more than 34,700 donors made an average contribution of about $97 per person. More impressively, 90% of those contributions were small-dollar donations of about $100 or less.
“I am grateful for the generous support of so many Arkansans – in 60 days we held over 50 events in Arkansas and received more than 6,500 donations across all 75 counties of the state. Our message of limiting government and advancing education and opportunity is clearly resonating,” Sanders said thanking donors in a press release.
“With the radical left in control of Washington, our governors are our last line of defense,” Sanders added. “I will be on the front line of the fight for freedom and am encouraged to have so many friends across our state and country standing with us.”
Sanders’ monumental campaign haul comes just days after former President Trump hosted a fundraiser for her governor’s race at his Mar-a-Lago residence in South Florida, which has become the center of attention for Republican hopefuls.
In her campaign video released in January, she made it clear she intends to court the pro-Trump voter base by carrying out his administration’s policies on a micro-level in her home state.
Sanders vowed to stand with law enforcement, promote law and order, prohibit sanctuary cities, prevent the Green New Deal, reduce the cost and size of government, and work toward school choice, amongst many other Trump-inspired policies.
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If she wins against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in next year’s Republican primary, Sanders will face the Democrat frontrunner on Nov. 8, 2022.