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Trump backers file paperwork for re-election bid in Arkansas

Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to reporters at the Arkansas Republican Party headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, as Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, left, and state Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb, right, look on. Sanders and Rutledge submitted the paperwork and filing fee for President Donald Trump to appear on the ballot in Arkansas next year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — President Donald Trump has qualified to appear on the ballot next year in Arkansas.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders submitted paperwork and the filing fee Friday for the president to run in Arkansas. The state's filing period ends on Tuesday.

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, billionaire Tom Steyer, author Marianne Williamson and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock also qualified Friday to run in the state's Democratic presidential primary.

Barbara Webb, the chief administrative law judge for the Workers Compensation Commission, filed to run for the state Supreme Court seat held by Justice Jo Hart. Hart hasn't said if she'll seek re-election. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Morgan "Chip" Welch filed for the seat earlier this week.

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