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Democrats obviously want to take back control of the House and Senate in 2018, but various groups are investing in Democratic candidates running for seats outside of Congress.

Why it matters: By putting money and resources into Democratic candidates running for everything from their local school board to Attorney General, these groups will help build a bench of candidates for the Democratic Party who might run for higher office in years to come.

Here are three groups helping Democrats run for various levels of office:

1. iVote wants to help Democratic secretaries of state get elected across seven swing states, so they're investing $5 million in these races, per WashPost.

  • Why it matters: “There isn’t a single Democratic swing state secretary of state," iVote president and founder Ellen Kurz told WashPost. "And dozens of states have taken away opportunities to vote, purged voter rolls and disenfranchised certain voters every year.”

2. NextGen America and Latino Victory Fund are joining forces to help recruit and train 200 immigrant candidates in 2018. The groups will eventually pick 25 people to go through advanced training.

  • Why it matters: Two reasons — first, only 1% of foreign-born Americans hold elected offices, so this initiative could help increase their representation. Second, with the ongoing fight over a DACA deal and protections for Dreamers, immigrants running for office would add to the growing anti-Trump movement that has been playing out in other facets of Democratic politics, like Randy Bryce's fundraising in Wisconsin.

3. The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) launched the "1881 initiative" with the goal of having Democratic women fill half of the state attorneys general seats by 2022.

  • Why it matters: Only about 20% of AGs are women and this role can lead to higher office in Congress, like Sens. Kamala Harris and Catherine Cortez-Masto who were previously their state AGs.

Go deeper

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
Off the Rails

Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."

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