Election Security

Republican wins runoff to become Georgia's secretary of state

Voters cast their ballots at a polling station in n Atlanta, Georgia
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Republican Brad Raffensperger defeated former Democratic Rep. John Barrow in Tuesday night's runoff to become Georgia secretary of state, the AP reports, marking the end of a contentious midterm cycle marred by concerns of voter suppression.

The big picture: The win is a blow for Democrats who had hoped to add Georgia to a string of secretary of state election victories they secured last month in Arizona, Colorado and Michigan. Raffensperger pledged to prioritize election fraud and continue the strict enforcement of voter ID laws and purges of voter rolls carried out by his predecessor, Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp.

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Growing Russian interference calls for coordinated response

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with the newly elected regional leaders at the Moscow Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/TASS via Getty Images

On Dec. 1, Defense Secretary Mattis became the first Trump administration official to publicly confirm that the Kremlin continues to interfere in U.S. democracy, including in last month's midterm elections. Mattis has described Putin as a “slow learner,” but a new tracking project shows him to be an operator who has spent nearly two decades sharpening and deploying a set of asymmetric tools across the Atlantic.

The big picture: Election interference is just one part of Russia’s strategy. The Alliance for Securing Democracy has catalogued Kremlin fingerprints on over 400 incidents of interference in 42 countries. Beyond bots and troll farms, the toolbox includes information operations, cyberattacks, political subversion, strategic economic coercion and malign finance.

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