It’s what George Soros did – focused on getting his cadre of neomarxists elected as Secretaries of State. Now the tables are turned…

The focus on secretaries of State has been magnified by Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election he lost.

Twenty-five states will elect their chief election officers this November — a slate of contests already drawing outsize attention, money and competition as former President Donald Trump continues undermining the results of the last national election.

The jobs vary from state to state. But many secretaries of State (and a handful of other posts with similar job descriptions) play a role in certifying election results, along with setting policies that govern election procedures in states including a number of closely divided presidential battlegrounds.

POLITICO spoke with more than 20 candidates, senior campaign aides and outside group operatives from both parties to paint a picture of the 2022 battleground map for these once-obscure elections. The focus on them has been magnified by Trump’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election he lost — both his attempts to overturn the results in 2020 and, now, his drive to install loyalists in key election posts around the country before a potential comeback campaign in 2024.

Now, Trump is backing candidates for secretary of State in open battleground races as well as challenging Republicans in primaries who did not back his claims about voter fraud or his efforts to block election certification in 2020.

“Historically, they’ve been incredibly overlooked. But if you think about 2020, you see exactly how important these races are,” said Kim Rogers, the executive director of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State.

The Republican State Leadership Committee, the GOP’s national campaign arm responsible for secretary of state races, declined an interview request. In a statement, RSLC spokesperson Andrew Romeo said that his organization expected national liberals to spend “record money” on secretary races in 2022, and that “the stakes for electing conservative secretaries in 2022 could not be higher.”

Romeo added the group had “no plans” to spend in primaries this year, the first time the group has publicly disclosed that decision.

At least nine states are guaranteed to have new chief election officials next year, heading into an almost-assuredly contentious 2024 presidential election, including major battleground states like Nevada and Arizona. Here’s how the map stacks up.

Trump has endorsed a trio of secretary of State candidates in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan, which operatives nearly universally agree will be among the most competitive states in November — and which will all be critical presidential battlegrounds in 2024.

All three of Trump’s endorsees — state Rep. Mark Finchem in Arizona, Rep. Jody Hice in Georgia and community college professor Kristina Karamo in Michigan — have wholeheartedly embraced the former president’s lies about the 2020 election.

[Politico still carrying the water for Biden, of course.]

Arizona is an open-seat race after current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, opted to run for governor. It is expected to be one of the tightest races in November.

Despite Trump’s early endorsement, Finchem has not been a field-clearer in the primary. Finchem has raised a significant amount of money for his bid from a national network of donors — but advertising executive Beau Lane has kept pace by rallying in-state business leaders to fill his campaign coffers. Lane, who has run an under the radar campaign so far, has not publicly embraced Trump’s 2020 election conspiracies. State Rep. Shawnna Bolick and state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita are also in the August primary.

On the Democratic side, former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and state House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding are vying for the nomination, with national groups largely sitting out the contested primary so far.

[ Read it all at https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/18/2022-secretary-of-state-elections-00025564 ]