He quickly put together an “America First” slate, including candidates from states like Michigan, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. They began touring nationally, occasionally holding forums promoting election conspiracy theories with leading members of the QAnon movement.
Suddenly, secretary of state races became top spots, elevating once-dormant, bureaucratic down-vote races to the national spotlight. Donations quickly flooded into the races, especially from panicked Democrats. Nearly $50 million was spent on television ads in four states: Michigan, Arizona, Nevada and Minnesota.
A Democratic Association of Secretaries of State — with one part-time staff member — had to be built on the plane in 2019. Jena Griswold, Colorado’s secretary of state and president of the association, hired seven full-time employees and raised $25 million for the cycle.
“We truly believe, and continue to believe, that these races have the greatest impact on whether this country will continue to have a vibrant democracy,” Ms. Griswold said. “Or can have one.”
The race for secretary of state remains tight, but polls show concern among some Democrats is starting to grow Democracy is not at the top of their list of concerns for voters Heading towards elections.
But Mr. Candidates like Aguilar said they hear Democratic issues from voters every day.
“People are tired of the confusion,” said Mr. Aguilar said in an interview. “They want stability; They prefer default; They must be an adult and make decisions that are fair, transparent and in the best interest of all Nevadans.
A local businessman with deep ties to the Las Vegas business and gaming communities, Mr. Aguilar announced his candidacy before the primaries. He said threats to fair elections weigh on him every day on the campaign trail.
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