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Big political donations this year in races for local district attorney's offices show how national groups are seeking to influence those contests in at least a handful of states. Left-leaning groups have stepped in to fund candidates who support criminal justice reforms, while conservatives are pushing back amid concerns that crime in America’s cities is out of control. Whitney Tymas, president of a political action committee that supports progressive district attorney candidates, said money is necessary to bring change to an office where most incumbents run opposed for reelection. Among the biggest donors is a political action committee connected to George Soros, the billionaire investor, philanthropist and conspiracy-theory target.

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Democrats are defending their record on crime a day after an election for district attorney in California exposed lingering vulnerabilities. Voters in San Francisco voted to oust progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who had embraced calls to seek alternatives to incarceration and hold police officers to account. President Joe Biden said that voters had sent a “clear message” to both parties about public safety. Democrats continue to face pointed attacks from Republicans about their commitment to public safety two years after progressive activists championed nationwide calls to “defund the police." Biden and most Democrats in Congress have rejected such calls, but polling suggests that voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on crime.