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Amy McGrath says secretaries of state proved a bulwark against anti-democratic tactics in 2020. Her new PAC aims to keep that line of defense intact.

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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Amy McGrath speaks to supporters during a rally in Danville, Ky., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Former Kentucky Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath is sounding the alarm on efforts by former President Donald Trump she says are meant to elect secretaries of state loyal to him, should he run again and seek to overturn an election loss.

McGrath is starting what she calls the American SOS Project. A new ad for the PAC starts with audio of the former president pressing Georgia’s secretary of state to find him more votes in January 2021.

"So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes... Fellas, I only need 11,000 votes. Give me a break," Trump is heard saying on the call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

It was that exchange that McGrath says drove her to launch a new political action committee.

"Imagine what would have happened if the secretaries of state in Georgia, Arizona, and Michigan had not stood up to him," the former fighter pilot warns in the ad.

McGrath says she worries Trump is laying the groundwork for an election where he is able to call on compliant state election leaders.

"He knows he can't get elected legitimately in the United States, so he has to build the plot here to make sure that he can get in through these means."
Former Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath (on MSNBC)

McGrath’s PAC is working to help elect secretaries of state the group believes would hold the line against anti-democratic tactics. The Herald Leader reports the American SOS Project PAC was organized in March, and received more than $118,000 from the Honor Bound PAC, also affiliated with McGrath.

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