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State Election Officials on Rich Donors’ Radar, Thanks to Trump

  • Groups fighting to control key state offices escalate efforts
  • Trump fraud claims raised profile of once-obscure officials
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Photographer: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg

The once-obscure state-level job of overseeing elections has emerged as a prime target for wealthy donors and national organizers from both parties seeking an edge in the 2022 midterms that could shift control of Congress away from Democrats.

Republicans are backing secretary of state contenders who echo Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through voter fraud, with donors including Richard Uihlen.