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Stacey Abrams delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats are fighting to make inroads in the Deep South tonight, with primaries in Georgia, Kentucky, and Arkansas, and runoffs in Texas.

What to watch: Everyone will be talking about whether Stacey Abrams can pull of a win in Georgia and get one step closer to becoming the first black female governor. Tonight's elections will be another test in how willing Democratic voters are to electing women, minorities, and progressives (sometimes all three) even in reliably red districts.

State of play:
  • Georgia's gubernatorial is a true test of the type of Democrat who can be successful in Trump country. If Abrams wins, she's a success model against the current Conor Lamb playbook that suggests successful Democrats have to primarily cater to moderate, white working-class voters.
  • Democrats' shot at redemption: Georgia's sixth district, where Democrats have a chance to redeem themselves after Jon Ossoff's unforgettable special election loss and which hasn't had a Democratic representative since 1979. Four Democratic candidates are running to unseat Republican Karen Handel — expect a July runoff.
  • Fresh blood: Watch Kentucky's sixth district to see Democratic voters' willingness to elect a woman and a political newcomer. National Democrats have recruited Jim Gray, mayor of Lexington, but Amy McGrath has raised more money.
  • Democratic divide: The runoff in Texas' seventh district could be a big blow to the DCCC. The group tried to knock Laura Moser out of the race, but the progressive candidate prevailed. If she wins, that's a clear sign to the national party that their preferred candidates aren't always best.

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

Off the Rails

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: 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. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”