Arkansas state senator and nephew of governor Asa Hutchinson is leaving the GOP

Here is ABC News:

State Sen. Jim Hendren’s announcement closes the door on him seeking the party’s nomination for governor next year, but he said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running as an independent. Hendren said that decision is on the “back burner” as he focuses on an organization he formed aimed at helping independent candidates.

Hendren, the nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, had been more willing than other Republican figures in the state to criticize Trump. In a nine-minute video announcing his decision, he cited Trump’s insults about immigrants, women, and John McCain, as well as his false attacks on the election‘s legitimacy leading up to the Jan. 6 riot.

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Here is Hendren:

Hendren is starting a new organization called Common Ground Arkansas. It will be interesting to see if he runs as an independent for Arkansas governor against Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Hendren is a Southern Baptist who spent a semester at Bob Jones University. One of his sons is a youth pastor and Liberty University graduate.