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“More and more activists and donors are starting to realize that left unchecked, these key positions would go more and more to folks that are in line ideologically and philosophically and politically to George Soros,” he said. “I think it’s a balancing act now, sort of balancing the scales, that this new group is putting forth the initiative to say we won’t cede these positions to Soros and the like.”

He predicted that liberal groups’ next campaign will be to try to enact universal voter registration, so that once a citizen turns 18 he or she would automatically be registered to vote.

Mr. Blackwell also said he expects Mr. Soros and others to focus on attorney general races.

“Their emphasis is going to be now on folks who interpret state election laws, state attorney generals,” he said.

About two-thirds of the states elect their chief election official, while in the other states it is an appointee of the governor or legislature.