Arkansas Attorney General Rutledge drops bid for governor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday dropped her bid for Arkansas governor, and previously cleared …

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday dropped her bid for Arkansas Governor and cleared former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ path to the Republican nomination for the post.

Rutledge, who last year announced she was running for governor, said she would seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor instead.

“At this crossroads in our country’s history, it is now that Christian conservative leaders can unite and fight together against those who want to destroy the America we know and love,” Rutledge said in a statement released by her campaign.

Rutledge was first elected Attorney General in 2014 and won re-election in 2018. She followed badly with Sanders in fundraising for governor, with Sanders raising more than $ 11 million since launching her bid in January. Rutledge had raised $ 1.6 million.

The two lined up to succeed Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is unable to run for re-election due to time constraints. Rutledge’s exit leaves Sanders as the only announced Republican candidate for governor. Several Democrats are running for office.

Rutledge’s announcement makes her the sixth candidate to seek the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor. The state’s current lieutenant governor, Republican Tim Griffin, is seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor next year.

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