Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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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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On the morning after Donald Trump was elected president, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus played down concerns about Trump enacting a ban on Muslim immigration or launching a mass deportation program for undocumented immigrants in an an appearance on MSNBC.

"I think everyone learns as they go through this process," Priebus said, when asked about Muslims and Latinos who may have felt scared by the news of Trump's election.

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Sen. Ted Cruz -- a bitter foe of Donald Trump in the GOP primary who eventually came around to endorse him -- issued a statement congratulating the President-elect on his victory, setting the marker for actions he'd like to see a Trump administration to take.

“I am eager to help lead the fight in the Senate to pass the conservative agenda that President-elect Trump promised to the American people," Cruz said.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement early Wednesday congratulating Donald Trump on winning the presidency.

"I want to congratulate Donald Trump on his incredible victory. It marks a repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies," Ryan said. "We are eager to work hand-in-hand with the new administration to advance an agenda to improve the lives of the American people. This has been a great night for our party, and now we must turn our focus to bringing the country together."

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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Donald Trump is projected to win Wisconsin, clearing his path to the presidency. His victory there pierces a serious hole Hillary Clinton blue firewall of Rust Belt states. His Wisconsin win was called by Fox News and CNN.

The state received little attention from the Clinton campaign after she won the Democratic nomination. Polling showed her carrying a consistent lead throughout the race.

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Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta took the stage at New York's Javits Center, where the campaign was holding what it had hoped would be a victory party, and told the crowd to go home and to get the rest, but he said the election wasn't over yet.

No speech from Clinton, let alone a concession.

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Missouri Attorney General Jason Kander (D) conceded his race for the state's U.S. Senate to Sen. Roy Blunt (R). Kander was among the Democrats' most hyped recruits in a cycle that they hoped they could win back the Senate.

But on an election night where Donald Trump vastly over-performed on expectations, Kander was not able to unseat Blunt, even as polling showed the race at essentially a tie in the weeks leading up the Election Day.

In the relatively red state of Missouri, Blunt was not considered particularly vulnerable in a cycle that featured a number of GOP incumbents defending their seats in purple state. But Kander became a break-out recruit for Democrats, especially after a TV ad where the military veteran assembled a rifle, blindfolded. The polling narrowed to a near tie for the final weeks, and outside money poured into both sides of the race. According to the Kansas City Star, $42 million was spent by outside groups, a record for a U.S. Senate race in Missouri.

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