Chris Jones wins Democratic primary for governor of Arkansas, over Trump’s press secretary

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Nuclear engineer and ordained minister Chris Jones has won the Democratic nomination for governor of Arkansas as he mounts a tough bid for the top job in the extremely red state.

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Jones beat four rivals in Tuesday’s primary, winning the majority needed to claim the nomination without a runoff. He will face Republican Sarah Sanders and Libertarian candidate Ricky Dale Harrington in the November election.

Jones is among dozens of black Democrats running for office in areas that former President Donald Trump won. Arkansas has never elected an African American to statewide or federal office before.

He kicked off his campaign last year with a video online last year that quickly went viral. In the video, Jones spoke about her faith, her love of science, and her family’s history in the state.

Jones is running to succeed Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election and plans to run for president in 2024.


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