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Two important Secretary of State wins for GOP

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 2, 2010 11:38 PM

Kris Kobach, the GOP candidate for Secretary of State in Kansas has won his race — unseating incumbent Democrat Chris Biggs by a huge margin. Left-wing and open-borders groups tried their best to slime Kobach. Voters didn’t fall for it:

Kris Kobach will bring his determination to fight voter fraud to the Kansas secretary of state’s office after defeating incumbent Chris Biggs.

The Republican was leading with 58 percent of the vote to unseat Democrat Biggs, who had 38 percent, with 53 percent of precincts reporting.

Kobach, 44, raised the profile of the secretary of state race by focusing on voter fraud. The issue helped draw much more attention to the race — from Kansas and elsewhere — than secretary of state contests usually receive.

Kobach said he would use his position to push for state legislation to require proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, for anyone registering to vote in Kansas.

He also wants to require voters to produce valid photo identification every time they go to cast a ballot. He said these steps would help prevent illegal immigrants from voting and skewing election results.

In Ohio, another huge win as progressive Democrat Jennifer Brunner will be replaced by GOP challenger Jon Husted:

Republican state Sen. Jon Husted has won his bid for Ohio secretary of state, giving the GOP the office that will oversee the next presidential election in the traditionally battleground state.

Husted’s victory Tuesday also gives Republicans a key seat on the powerful apportionment board, which draws the state legislative districts every 10 years after the census and is scheduled to meet next year.

The former Ohio House speaker defeated Democrat Maryellen O’Shaughnessy, a former Columbus city councilwoman and the clerk of Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

The Soros-ization of election bureaucracies has been a primary agenda item of the Left, via Matthew Vadum:

George Soros said he was staying out of the 2010 elections. It appears he wasn’t exactly telling the truth.

After helping Al Franken steal a U.S. Senate seat in 2008, Soros’s ultra-wealthy buddies in the Democracy Alliance, a billionaires’ club that funds left-wing political infrastructure, are spending money to level the playing field for vote fraudsters. (Soros is also funding an effort to take away democratic elections for state supreme courts, as John Gizzi notes in a new Capital Research Center paper.)

Their money is flowing to secretary of state candidates directly and to the Secretary of State Project, a “527″ political committee that can accept unlimited financial contributions that it doesn’t have to disclose publicly until after the election. The SoS Project, which has raised at least $170,836 in this election cycle, is an officially approved Democracy Alliance grantee. Not surprisingly, members of the Alliance are opening their wallets to help secretary of state candidates across America endorsed by the SoS Project.

The purpose of the SoS Project is to destroy the remaining vestiges of electoral integrity. The group endorses left-wing, Democratic secretary of state candidates who have no respect for clean, honest elections.

It’s about time the progs were subjected to pushback on electoral integrity matters.

Kudos to Kobach and Husted.

How about the other 48?

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