The NDRC will invest in races for secretary of state in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio, along with races for governor in states where the chief executive appoints election officials, such as Pennsylvania. Burton said the threat of election conspiracy theorists occupying some of those positions spurred the group’s action.
“They’re electing candidates who don’t believe Biden is the… [fairly elected] president of this nation,” said Burton, pointing to former Nevada State MP Jim Marchant’s victory in the GOP primary for secretary of state there on Tuesday, as well as state Sen. Doug Mastrian of Pennsylvania who won the GOP nomination for governor of his state last month.
The NDRC will also be heavily involved in races that align with the group’s focus on redistricting, including state legislatures and, increasingly, state supreme courts, which have set several maps this cycle.
Eric Holder, the chairman of the NDRC, will urge donors and “will travel a lot to these races” to support Democrat-backed candidates, Burton said.
The group’s initial target list doesn’t say what specific legislative seats it will play in, nor how much money it plans to spend in individual states, let alone races.
“We’re taking the coming summer months to fully assess where we can fit into the landscape, based on what we have on the target list,” said Garrett Arwa, the group’s interim director.
But he said the organization has plans for “seven-figure” investment on the battlefield and is at the very least willing to support candidates in the target states and connect them to a network of both donors and grassroots supporters. Arwa said the group had 44,000 “action takers” — people attending NDRC training, attending a hearing or interacting with lawmakers — of the reclassification process they plan to use for November.
Arwa acknowledged that not every one of these targets, especially the state’s legislative chambers, are the ones that Democrats could realistically flip in November. But the group wants to work in the long run on blocking GOP supermajorities or taking control in some states.
“Some of these battles are instantaneous,” Arwa said, “and some of these battles are lengthy and existential. We have to make the investment, not just every cycle, but every year to make sure we are prepared for the reclassification battles in the future.”