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2022: GOP competitor of Sarah Huckabee Sanders drops out of Arkansas governor’s race

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One of the main competitors of Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the Republican nomination in the 2022 Arkansas governor’s race has dropped out.

On Monday, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (R) ended his campaign just two weeks after Sanders, who was a White House press secretary during the Trump administration, declared her candidacy. He has served as lieutenant governor since 2014.

“Since announcing my campaign for governor last year, I’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible support I have received from all corners of the state,” Griffin said in a Monday statement. “While I believe Arkansans are ready for my message of bold, conservative leadership, my conversations with friends and supporters have persuaded me that at this time, I can do more for Arkansas in a different capacity.”

“Today I am announcing my campaign for Attorney General of Arkansas. We need an Attorney General who will back law enforcement, stand for law and order by cracking down on crime and corruption, and fight the liberal agenda of the Biden/Harris Administration in court,” he added.

Following his statement, Sanders wished Griffin and his family the best of luck.

“Tim Griffin has been a strong voice for Arkansas and I look forward to working with him to unite our party and make our state better. I wish Tim and his family the very best,” she tweeted.

Sanders’ old boss, former President Donald Trump, was quick to endorse her after she announced her campaign, saying she will “always fight” for Arkansans and “do what is right.”

“Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers,” Trump said in a statement on January 25. “Sarah will be a GREAT Governor, and she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Since departing the White House in June 2019, Trump had urged her to run.

“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job!” the then-president wrote as she was departing, according to Fox News. “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic.”

Sanders, it should be noted, is the daughter of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee (R).

However, Sanders still faces another competitor: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R), who is in her second term. They are both running to replace the term-limited Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Rutledge on Monday put out her own statement about Griffin exiting the race.

“Tim Griffin is a fierce advocate for Arkansas’s conservative values – our military, law enforcement, and rule of law. Having been the Attorney General for over 6 years, I personally know the importance of the role in which every decision I make impacts 3 million Arkansans daily and the enormous responsibility I have to proactively protect and defend our constitutional rights against the aggressive liberal agenda of the Biden-Harris Administration, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” Rutledge said in a statement shared to Twitter. “I wish Tim and his family the best.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden’s Poor Polling and Harris’ Low Electability Rating Could Have Democrats Considering ‘Nuclear Option’

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway

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With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.

Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”

The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.

Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”

The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”

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