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It's pretty clear even Mitch McConnell didn't know how good his night was going to be on Tuesday.

The Senate majority leader had 24 Republican senators up for re-election, and many of them were running in states were Obama won in 2012. They were in Wisconsin and Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. It turns out 18 Republican senators outran Trump at the top of the ticket. Only two Republican senators were defeated.

McConnell was bracing for reality even as he had worked to maintain his majority. Then, Donald Trump won the presidency.

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With Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump, the great white whale that animated conservative politics for the last half-decade is in Republicans’ sights. Come 2017, with control of the White House and both chambers, the GOP will have the votes for a major gutting of Obamacare, if not a full-scale repeal.

The question is how they’ll go after it and whether the policy and political complexity of dismantling the Affordable Care Act -- even with broad GOP control of Washington -- will still complicate Republicans' path along the way.

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At a victory presser Wednesday morning, there was a lot of praise going around for Reince Priebus, the embattled Republican National Chairman who once tried to rationalize his job wasn't that bad because he wasn't like "pouring Baileys" in his cereal.

After a stunning victory to hold the House, the Senate and the White House Tuesday night, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) said Wednesday that Priebus “goes down as one of the great RNC chairman in the history of the US and the history of the Republican Party."

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Ever since, President Obama stepped into office, Republicans have been waiting to undo his regulations. So hours after Donald Trump was elected president, Republican Sen. Rand Paul promised it's coming in the first month of the new Congress.

“I have a prediction to make this morning,” he said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. “I think we're going to spend the first month passing the repeal of Obama regulations.”

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It looks as though the House of Representatives will easily hold its majority after Tuesday and the Republican Party will win the White House after eight years of President Barack Obama.

But when House Speaker Paul Ryan returns to Washington next week, the party he has long campaigned for, the ideals he fought for and the conservatism he said he believed in are no longer the same.

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NEW YORK -- In a stunning upset, Hillary Clinton reportedly conceded the presidential race to Donald Trump over the phone early Wednesday morning, an hour after her campaign chair told the audience at her election night event that she would not be making a public appearance.

Clinton's loss upended months of polls and electoral predictions anticipating a victory for the Democratic nominee.

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After an unprecedented and norm-shattering campaign, New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has stunned the world, defying nearly all pre-election predictions in winning the presidency.

His victory was called by the AP at about 2:30 a.m., after key wins in the Rust Belt cleared his path to the 270-electoral-vote threshold needed to secure his victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Trump scored vote wins in states like Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina, defying most election forecasts that named Clinton the odds-on-favorite in the race.

Clinton's failure to turn out support in her key states is a shocking twist in an already unpredictable race. She would have been the first female president. Backing her candidacy was a well-organized operation and A-list surrogates, including the current President, the first lady, and Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton. Her defeat jolts the domestic political world, and sends a shock wave around the globe.

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After Jason Kander conceded in the Missouri Senate race Wednesday morning and the Pennsylvania Senate race was called for incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey, Republicans were all but guaranteed to hold onto their U.S. Senate majority after a nail-biting and contentious race that saw the party defending territory from Missouri to New Hampshire as it battled with its own presidential nominee.

A GOP Senate majority is expected even as the outcome of the presidential race remains uncertain, but Donald Trump appeared on the verge of victory, too, and his stunning performance had perhaps buoyed Republican senators.

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This story has been updated as results have come in throughout the night.

Donald Trump has exceeded expectations in a number of key swing states he would need to win the White House, suddenly and dramatically shifting the terrain that will determine the outcome of the election.

After hours during which Florida was too close to call, Trump was projected to win the state around 11 p.m. ET. North Carolina -- another crucial toss-up -- was called in his favor soon thereafter. As Wisconsin and Michigan remain too close to call, it appears that the blue firewall of Rust Belt states Clinton was depending on is in serious jeopardy.

Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, two other state Hillary Clinton could use to shut Trump out from his path to 270, are still too close to call.

At the very least, both campaigns are in for a long night.

Clinton's campaign finally got some good news Tuesday evening when Virginia was called in here favor. At first, the state -- which was barely treated as a swing state, given her consistent lead in the polls -- was too close to call. But her victory there, at least, means that no state expected to be in her column has been upset by Trump.

Trump also has been projected to win Ohio a state that was leaning towards him, but that Clinton supporters hoped she could have pulled out, had the presidential race turned into a Clinton landslide.

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