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Justin Trudeau delivers his victory speech at his election night headquarters on Monday, Montreal, Canada. Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party was set to form a minority government after being re-elected Monday in a close election race in Canada, CBC and CTV News projections show.

By the numbers: The Liberals had won or were leading in 157 of the 338 available seats, according to results early Tuesday. Nearest rival the Conservative Party has secured 121 seats, per CBC.

What they're saying: President Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to Trudeau on what he called "a wonderful and hard fought victory."

"Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!"
— Trump's tweet to Trudeau

The big picture: After seeing his popularity plummet, Trudeau received a welcome boost last Wednesday from former President Barack Obama, who made a rare endorsement of a foreign leader in a tweet stating that "the world needs" the Canadian PM's "progressive leadership."

  • Per Axios' Dave Lawler, Trudeau's popularity first plunged "under the disillusionment that hampers many incumbents, particularly on the idealistic left."
  • Then Trudeau's high-principled public image took a dive with an ethics breach that began in February, and last month he was hit with a racism scandal in which photos emerged of him wearing brownface and blackface when he was younger.

Go deeper: Trudeau’s pivot: Vows to ban military-style assault rifles, including AR-15

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Focus group: Former Trump voters say he should never hold office again

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.

Updated 13 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Health: Most vulnerable Americans aren't getting enough vaccine information — Fauci says Trump administration's lack of facts on COVID "very likely" cost lives.
  2. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
  4. World: Hong Kong to put tens of thousands on lockdown as cases surge.
  5. Sports: 2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: Carbon Health's CEO on unsticking the vaccine bottleneck.

Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.