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A Hot Springs Republican has entered the governor's race and will challenge Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the GOP primary in May.

Jan Morgan, 54, announced her candidacy in a new release sent Sunday night and at an event in Hot Springs.

She owns the Gun Cave shooting range in Hot Springs. In 2014, she drew national media attention by declaring her gun range a "Muslim Free Zone," saying that she was concerned about the safety of other customers if Muslims patronized her business.

In her campaign's news release, Morgan said she traveled the state for six months talking to Arkansans before making her decision to run.

"As we embark on the dawn of a new day and new year in Arkansas, I am excited about the future potential of our beautiful state and her people," she was quoted as saying.

Morgan has criticized Hutchinson as someone who "campaigns like a conservative Republican but governs like a liberal Democrat." If elected, Morgan would become Arkansas' first female governor.

Last year, she was an opponent of legislation that Hutchinson signed into law aimed at barring concealed-carry permit holders, even those with up to eight hours of extra training, from Razorback Stadium and other locations hosting college sporting events.

In 2014, Hutchinson beat businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary before defeating former Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Ross of Little Rock, Libertarian candidate Frank Gilbert of Tull and Green Party candidate Joshua Drake of Hot Springs in the general election. Hutchinson is a former federal homeland security undersecretary, Drug Enforcement Administration director, 3rd District congressman and U.S. attorney.

A Democrat, Jared Henderson, has also announced he's running for governor.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporters Michael R. Wickline and John Moritz and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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  • JakeTidmore
    January 1, 2018 at 1:10 p.m.

    Yep. Git rid o' dem RINOs and bring in the RAHs (Republican A$$HOLES). Arkie wingnuts demand the lowest common dominator, and Jan certainly looks the part & acts the part.
    Conservatives have let far-right extremists destroy their values and their agenda. These nutjobs have a special name: WHINOs, because all they seem to do is whine about everything not being exactly the way they want things to be.
    **
    Asa does not have a serious challenger so these dire predictions regarding his political demise are fantasy.
    Jan has little style and almost no substance. What she knows about governing and government can be summed up in one word: nothing.

  • information19
    January 1, 2018 at 1:18 p.m.

    Tragically, the Huckster was governor for 10 years. We should be afraid of the uninformed masses succeeding.

  • Foghorn
    January 1, 2018 at 1:32 p.m.

    This is what Gun Nut Media (a real thing) wrote about her. I find it truly inspiring that actual professed gun nutters are even horrified by her. Please, drink it in:
    “..But maybe Jan’s not a bigot. Maybe she’s just a no talent ass-clown; a gun bunny with no real shooting, writing, or commentary skills trying a desperate stunt to get attention. If that’s the case, her tragic, bigoted post becomes no less offensive, but sad in a way. You start to wonder if this is the eventual fate of all gun bunnies as they hit their later years.”

  • Foghorn
    January 1, 2018 at 1:43 p.m.

    Pop - Her Business is called The Gun Cave. I’m guessing that would inform her decorating style. She’d likely have all the furniture recovered in skins of critters she killed herself. Unlike Suzy (Marie Antoinette) Hutchinson, if she spotted a rat in the mansion, she’d probably just take it out with an AR-15.

  • Jfish
    January 1, 2018 at 1:44 p.m.

    information19, the Huckster was actually a decent governor, and let's not forget how he got into office in the first place. The democrats seem to have selective amnesia about these events. Agree with Jake, Asa is safe for the foreseeable future, not sure what Ms. Morgan is trying to accomplish other than getting her name out there for some type of future political career.

  • wildblueyonder
    January 1, 2018 at 2:35 p.m.

    If all these leftists are against her, she must have some merit.

  • ARMNAR
    January 1, 2018 at 3:14 p.m.

    Not surprised gohogs supports an un-American racist Islamophobe.

    Hate Minds think alike.

  • Foghorn
    January 1, 2018 at 3:20 p.m.

    The hilarious part is that the ‘Muslims’ who prompted her ‘Muslim free’ policy were in fact neither Arabic or Muslim. They were in fact Hindus, South Asian Indians (not ‘Injuns’, gohogs.)

  • wildblueyonder
    January 1, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.

    Armnar, you're pretty good at hate yourself. Never seen anything positive from you.

  • TimberTopper
    January 1, 2018 at 3:56 p.m.

    hoggy, the main difference between a voter like me and a voter like you, is that I do the homework I need to do to make a decision on whether a person can be competent in the position they are seeking. You, appear to go with just your gut feelings.

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