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Changes In Store For America's Political Landscape

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MANKATO, Minn. -

The results are in for the 2016 general election...

President–Elect Donald Trump will be the next resident of the White House, but that's not the only change in the U.S. political landscape.

Trump said, “That I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”

Easier said than done race for Republican Presidential–Elect Donald Trump in this very tight and heated race.

Going against polls and predictions, he passed the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes to become the 45th Commander and Chief.

Gustavus Adolphus Political Science Professor Kate Knutson said, "We have a situation where we have a very closely divided electorate and it's going to take the [next] president a lot of time and effort."

It's a win without the popular vote.

Former challenger Hillary Clinton holds a 200,000 vote lead nationwide.

And after the results caused market volatility, financial planners say it's time to start thinking ahead.

Wealth Enhancement Group Ryan McKeown said, "Doing some planning around what we might expect his tax policies to be. He's posted them online; we can look at what those proposals are versus what the tax laws are right now."

Even though Minnesota was called for Clinton this morning with a narrow win...

Knutson says Trump turning the south of the state red is behind the surprise in the First Congressional Race between Tim Walz and Jim Hagedorn.

Knutson said "This was a really close election that wasn't expected. Walz has easily won reelection in the last two cycles, including against the same opponent. This is clearly a case of where he has suffered from the enthusiasm for Trump."

As of right now, it looks like Walz has won re-election by about 2500 votes.

At the state level, the GOP will sweep the Minnesota Legislature... nearing the end of Governor Mark Dayton's term.

Knutson said, "Important policies that are on hold right now dealing with healthcare, dealing with taxes, dealing with the environment, dealing with transportation. They're really going to have to do a lot in order to make some compromises but I think we're likely to see more gridlock over the next two years."

State Republicans retain the House with a larger margin and expect to gain the Senate with a one–seat edge.

The legislature will also see fewer women holding elected office, seeing the number elected drop.

Overall, it means a lot of changes coming to the Unites States.

Knutson said, "We have unified control of the government for the first time in many years, with Republicans controlling the Presidency, the Senate and the House that national level. We're about to see a Supreme Court nominee that's conservative that will make have a conservative majority as well. At the state levels, we've seen strong gains from Republicans in the Senate and the House and with the divided government that we have for the next two years, it will be interesting to see what happens, but we definitely see a different type of government today than we did yesterday."

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--KEYC News 12