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Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Stacey Abrams told Stephen Colbert in an interview airing Monday Democrats have many reasons to celebrate the election — including that there's "an orange menace of putrescence who will no longer be able to occupy the White House."

Why it matters: Abrams has been credited by many with boosting Democratic turnout in the traditionally conservative state. President-elect Joe Biden is currently leading Trump by more than 11,400 votes, per data from Georgia's secretary of state.

  • Many have thanked Abrams, who founded Fair Fight, for her efforts in getting people to turn out and vote. Abrams lost Georgia's governor's race in 2018 to Gov. Brian Kemp, whom she has described as an "architect of voter suppression."
  • Democrats have also offered their support as the state prepares for two runoff elections, which could determine which party controls of the Senate.

What she's saying: "Yeah, we really won," Abrams said after Colbert asked her what message she had after some commentators suggested Democrats didn't truly win because they underperformed in House and Senate races.

  • "There is an incoming president who has moral leadership and character, and who actually believes in science and facts," she added on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
  • "We have seen the change in the face of leadership by adding Kamala Harris, so women of color can see ... themselves in the highest positions in the land. And oh did I mentioned, Trump is leaving. That's a big win."

Of note: A state recount is likely due to the razor-thin margin in the presidential race, and Attorney General Bill Barr has authorized U.S. attorneys to investigate alleged voter fraud as President Trump contests the election results.

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What they're saying: “The Republican Party's sole job is to win campaigns — and that's to raise money and turn out voters," Raffensperger told Axios in an interview on Sunday. "And when they don't get it done, they look for scapegoats.”

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The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

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Some elected Republicans are breaking ranks with President Trump to acknowledge that President-elect Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The relative sparsity of acknowledgements highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP, as his campaign moves to file multiple lawsuits alleging voter fraud in key swing states — despite the fact that there have been no credible allegations of any widespread fraud anywhere in the U.S.

Murkowski: "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process"

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) tweeted Sunday, "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process." She called Trump's attempts to overturn President-elect Biden's win "inconsistent with our democratic process."

Why it matters: Only a handful of congressional Republicans have acknowledged Biden as president-elect as Trump and his campaign continue unsuccessful legal challenges in key swing states.