Parties target campaigns for secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigns for secretary of state are drawing increasing attention from Democratic and Republican groups that hope to influence how elections are overseen in a number of presidential battleground states.

Democratic strategists who have advised the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are launching a political action committee called iVote on Thursday. They hope to help Democrats running for secretary of state in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio.

A Republican super PAC called SOS for SOS recently outlined plans to spend $10 million this year to bolster GOP secretary of state campaigns in at least eight states.

The efforts aim to influence how voting rights are overseen in states that could be influential in the 2016 elections.

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