While Sanders and her associates have been quietly talking about the possibility for months, sometimes in jest, she has shown renewed interest in the prospect as she’s started contemplating her post-White House plans, the people said.
Sanders and her allies have started making calls to donors and Republican operatives in the state. Though neither Sanders nor her associates have directly sought support for a potential campaign, some who have spoken with them see the outreach as a sign that she’s weighing a run.
“She’s extremely serious,” said one of the people who has talked to her…
If she runs, Sanders will be able to tap into the massive network her father, Mike Huckabee, built over a decade as governor. She’d also probably benefit from her sky-high name recognition, her connection to Trump, who remains popular in the state, and her relationship with another influential politician there: Republican Sen. John Boozman. Sanders managed Boozman’s 2010 Senate campaign.