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Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is more worried about Democrats granting statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., than the "natural trends" of demographic change, he told "Axios on HBO."

The big picture: President Trump won a narrow Electoral College victory in 2016, and the U.S. electorate is rapidly becoming less white.

  • That could lead to Republican strongholds becoming purple states or even flipping to blue states.

"If something doesn't change relatively quickly, Texas could go, Georgia could go, Arizona could go," Axios CEO Jim VandeHei told Cramer in the interview.

"Cycles happen. Trends happen. What could actually sort of escalate that, if you will, trend is if something like D.C. statehood, Puerto Rican statehood, which would be a political move by Democrats, should they get total power, and eliminate the filibuster," Cramer told "Axios on HBO."

  • "That would certainly become more problematic than just the natural trends you talk about."

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Jon Ossoff: Georgia opponent Sen. David Perdue embodies "Trumpism in a nutshell"

Jon Ossoff says he and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Georgia Democrats competing in two Jan. 5 runoffs to decide partisan control of the U.S. Senate, can win as a "team" riding the state's demographic changes.

Driving the news: Ossoff made the prediction in an interview for "Axios on HBO" in which he also said that his opponent in the Jan. 5 primary, Sen. David Perdue, embodies "Trumpism in a nutshell."

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"Relief" is the top emotion some swing voters who used to support Donald Trump say they felt as they watched President Biden's swearing-in, followed by "hope."

Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.

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