Sarah Sanders undergoes surgery for thyroid cancer

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FILE - In this Monday, March 11, 2019, file photo, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Former White House spokeswoman Sanders is running for Arkansas governor, a source told The Associated Press, late Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

By ANDREW DeMILLO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary and Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful Sarah Sanders is recovering after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer.

Sanders said she underwent the surgery to remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes.

She said she planned to return to the campaign trail soon. Sanders served as former President Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman until 2019. She is running against Democratic nominee Chris Jones in the solidly Republican state. Her dad is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.