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Jim Marchant, Trump Loyalist, Wins G.O.P. Race for Nevada Secretary of State

Jim Marchant, one of the organizers of a Trump-inspired “America First” list of candidates that continues to question the legitimacy of the 2020 election, easily won the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in Nevada, a major political battleground.

His win was mentioned by The Associated Press.

Marchant, who was also a member of Nevada’s deputy list of pro-Trump voters who supported Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory. in the state in 2020 has said he would have refused to certify that year’s election if he was in office.

In his pursuit to become Nevada’s top election official, he has proposed decertifying Dominion voting machines and pushing for paper ballots to be counted by hand, which experts say would cause lengthy delays and chaos in the voting process.

In the general election, he will face Cisco Aguilar, a Democratic lawyer who once worked for former Senator Harry Reid, in what will be a close race that could depend on the outcome of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s reelection bid. Downward voting races for offices such as secretaries of state have often — but not always — closely mirrored top election results.

Mr Marchant, a former state councilor, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2020. But rather than admit a race he lost by more than 16,000 votes or about 5 percentage points, he blamed fraud for his loss and filed a lawsuit that echoed many debunked claims. on the 2020 elections that Republicans have put forward elsewhere.

The lawsuit and a bid to hold new elections in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, ultimately failed, but Mr Marchant remained a vocal challenger to the 2020 results.

His efforts soon became fodder for a run for Secretary of State. In an interview with The New York Times this year, Mr. Marchant said he had been approached by allies of former President Donald J. Trump who encouraged him to run for secretary of state.

Shortly after announcing his candidacy, Mr. Marchant played a vital role in compiling the “America First” list of candidates for Secretary of State and other offices.

The roster initially included Mark Finchem, a candidate for secretary of state in Arizona who led efforts to decertify the 2020 election, and Kristina Karamo, the likely Republican candidate for secretary of state in Michigan, who pushed the fiction that voting machines, among other falsehoods, “turned around” votes for Mr. Biden.

The group, which has since grown to more than a dozen candidates, has been bolstered by the financial backing of prominent Republican donors who have joined the movement to discredit the 2020 election, such as MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, and Patrick Byrne, the founder of Overstock.com.

Recent meetings and events held by the “America First” slate have featured prominent supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and the candidates have often traveled to other states to speak at rallies focused on the 2020 election.

Mr. Marchant is the fourth member of the group to win a Republican nomination:

  • Audrey Trujillo, a candidate for secretary of state in New Mexico, ran unopposed in her primary.

  • Doug Mastriano, a Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, won his primary last month. If elected, he can appoint the most senior election official in the critical record.

  • And Mrs. Karamo has won the backing of Republican delegates in Michigan, virtually securing her nomination in the August primaries.

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