Gov. Hutchinson May Have a GOP Challenger

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MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Fox Business analyst and Arkansas Republican Jan Morgan may challenge Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2018. 

The Hot Springs resident alluded to seeking office at the Baxter County Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday evening.

During her speech, a member of the audience asked when she was running for governor. 

She responded, “You know, there are a lot of Republicans all over the state asking me, and there are some Republicans who are scared to death I actually might. And all I’m gonna say at this moment is. . . no comment.” 

Watch her full speech below. 

On Twitter, Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs said, “With a well-funded and well-ran campaign, Jan Morgan could break into the 17-18 percent on election night.”  

Morgan is an Arkansas State Police concealed handgun license instructor. She owns an indoor firing range in Hot Springs. She has been called the ‘First Lady of the Second Amendment’ as she travels around the country speaking on gun rights.

On Saturday, she spoke about meeting Hutchinson over this year’s enhanced concealed carry bill. Morgan said the governor told her he believed Arkansas had constitutional carry (where one doesn’t need a permit to carry a firearm), but Arkansas State Police relied on concealed handgun license fees for their budget. 

Because she’d spoken out against the governor on social media multiple times, Morgan said she was uninvited from a Republican dinner in Craighead County

KNWA/KFTA reached out to Hutchinson for a statement on Morgan’s comments, and this story will be updated when his office responds.

Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, said Republicans are scared of Morgan becoming Arkansas’ own President Donald Trump, defeating the ‘establishment’ GOP. The senator said that’s why they’re attempting to keep her from speaking at Republican events in the state. 

The Fox Business analyst is scheduled to speak at the Mississippi County Lincoln Day Dinner on November 11.

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