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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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Tech policy may be one area where Democrats will be able to smash through the logjam forming around their razor-thin Senate margin and actually pass meaningful legislation.

The big picture: Many Democrats want to hit Big Tech with new antitrust laws, updates to Section 230, privacy legislation and more. The party may be united enough on such issues — and able to peel off GOP support — to pass laws around them even as the Senate's 50-50 party-line split and shifting priorities imperil other legislative possibilities.

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Biden on Trump's impeachment trial: "I think it has to happen"

President Biden told CNN Monday that he believes the impeachment trial of former President Trump "has to happen," but he does not think 17 Republicans will join Democrats to vote to convict.

Why it matters: Biden's comments are most concrete he has made about his views on Trump's second impeachment.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will not seek re-election in 2022

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) speaking during a press conference in November 2021. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), a moderate who typically ranks as one of the nation's most popular governors, said Wednesday that he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (R) will not seek third terms in 2022.

Why it matters: The decision leaves the gubernatorial race wide open and will likely affect multiple down-ballot races next year. Baker was expected to be the front-runner had he joined the race.