(USA Features) Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took in $4.8 million in first-quarter donations, easily besting her closest GOP rival for the Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Sanders’ record-setting quarterly haul easily bested Republican rival and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge by nearly 25-to-1.
According to a press release from her campaign, most of the contributions poured in from out of state, with roughly a third of the cash, $1.5 million, coming from in-state residents.
“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,” Huckabee Sanders said in the release.
The overwhelming majority of the almost 35,000 donors gave small amounts of $100 or less, the release noted.
Rutledge, by comparison, has raised about $198,000 in the first quarter, reports said.
“With the radical left in control of Washington, our governors are our last line of defense,” Sanders, who was former President Donald Trump’s second press secretary, said.
“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,” she added.
Trump has voiced his support for her campaign and has already endorsed Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Calling her a “warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct,” Trump praised her conservative platform for being “strong on Borders, tough on Crime,” while also being supportive of Second Amendment rights.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has also endorsed Sanders.
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a Christian, a conservative, and a proud Arkansan who will fight for the people of Arkansas, stand with law enforcement, promote lower taxes, champion school choice, and more,” he said recently.