The Big Story
Reactions across the state varied following President-elect Donald Trump's victory on Tuesday. Here's how a Trump presidency could affect Texas and how groups said they feel about the win:
• GOP officials said they're further emboldened. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called Tuesday a “change election,” and in an interview with the Tribune on Wednesday Gov. Greg Abbott said the outcome made one thing “abundantly clear — millions of Americans feel they have been ignored by a political class in Washington, D.C., that prioritizes protecting an elite establishment before We the People.”
• With Republicans set to control the White House in addition to both chambers of Congress, the 1.2 million Texans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act face an uncertain future. Texas leaders were swift to hail Trump’s victory as a chance to kill President Obama's signature health insurance law, but a total repeal of the Affordable Care Act appears unlikely without a 60-vote Republican supermajority in the U.S. Senate.
• Another group worried about the possible repercussions of a Trump presidency are the young undocumented immigrants who were granted relief from deportation under President Barack Obama's 2012 executive order. Trump promised during his campaign to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, meaning "dreamers" who came out of the shadows during Obama's tenure may be deported.
• As Democrats pick up the pieces of the 2016 election, many said the single-digit margin in Texas and few legislative victories don't offer much solace. Democrats picked up four seats in the state House of Representatives but lost a key battle for Congressional District 23.
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What We're Reading
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“If the Lord takes me home tomorrow, I’ve been blessed.” Dan Patrick talks about Trump’s victory., Austin American-Statesman
Castro has no immediate plans to run for office, San Antonio Express-News
State leaders trying to figure out Texas' place in Trump era, Houston Chronicle
Will President Trump be good for the Texas oil and gas industry?, The Dallas Morning News
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