Source: Sarah Sanders running for Arkansas governor

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FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. Sanders seems to be in an enviable position as she leaves the White House for a possible run for governor in her home state of Arkansas. She has the tacit endorsement of a president popular in the state and Arkansas political connections that go back to her dad Mike Huckabee’s 10 1/2 years as governor. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A senior campaign official tells The Associated Press that former White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders plans to run for Arkansas governor.

The official, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Sanders plans to announce planned to announce her candidacy on Monday.

The daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders had been widely expected to run for the office after leaving the White House.

She joins an expensive GOP primary that includes Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Current GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson barred by term limits from seeking re-election next year.

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