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US Elections 2016

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  • 18:46 GMT

    It looks like the Democrats will win one more seat in the Senate, with Governor Maggie Hassan defeating incumbent Kelly Ayotte.

  • 18:44 GMT

    Regardless of who won the presidency last night, uniting the country “won’t be easy,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday. “As Americans we’re rooting for the success for our president in uniting and leading our country.”

    President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump talked on the phone “very, very late” overnight, including a discussion about meeting in person on Thursday. The Obama administration won’t be doing anything differently to ensure the successful implementation of its legacy policies ‒ including the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare), the Iran nuclear deal and climate change ‒ but will brief the president-elect and his transition team on those priorities.

    “Part of a smooth transition is ensuring that they have the latest available information about some of these policies,” Earnest said.

    He then urged Americans without health care to go to healthcare,gov, where the “vast majority” can get insurance for “$75 a month or less,” and he warned both the incoming administration and Congress against taking health care away from 22 million people, protections for preexist conditions or against women paying more, and other aspects that would be overturned if Obamacare is repealed.

  • 07:39 GMT