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What do Minnesota's young Trump voters want from his presidency?

They voted for him. Now here's what they want to see from a Trump administration.
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Kate Watry and Joe Moede at the GOP results party.

Kate Watry and Joe Moede at the GOP results party.

After the electoral tide turned red Tuesday evening, Minnesota's young Republicans turned their thoughts toward the future.

With Donald Trump in the White House and the GOP in control of both the U.S. House and Senate, there will be less of the bottlenecking in Congress that has characterized the last few years of the Obama administration.

Among young Republicans attending the GOP party in Bloomington on Tuesday, one of the recurring themes when asked what they want from a Trump presidency related to the Affordable Care Act.

Chad Geyen, 31, of Minneapolis, is one of the 250,000 Minnesotans that buys their health plan from the individual market – the premiums for which will rise by 59 percent on average next year.

"Repealing Obamacare I think was the big thing for me [this election], seeing as I pay for my own health insurance." he told GoMN.

The ongoing controversy over health premiums prompted Donald Trump himself to appear in Minneapolis in the days before the election, and could have played a role in him only losing the state by 1.4 percent to Clinton.

Repealing the act – one of Trump's main election pledges – was also top of the agenda for 27-year-old Anna Peterson, of St. Louis Park, who also has some other desires from the soon-to-be president.

"I want to see some revisions of taxes and the size of the federal government, which has become so bloated," she said, adding: "We need to reduce the many more bureaucratic layers that have been created in government."

University of St. Thomas student Kate Watry, 20, also wants some economic reforms, with her friend and fellow St. Thomas student, 21-year-old Joe Moede, telling GoMN: "If he can run our country like his businesses we will be in great shape. There's no doubt he would bring the respect to our country that Obama has lost for us."

While some of Trump's policies are at this stage partial plans, you can familiarize yourselves with them right here.

A note of caution for the future

While there was definite delight in the GOP's big night, the divisiveness of the campaign – and indeed, their candidate – weighed on the minds of some of those in attendance.

When the outcome of the night was still in doubt, Moede and Watry mused on what would happen if Trump lost.

They both agreed the GOP would need someone with Trump's charisma, but who also appealed to a broader base of social groups, considering Trump's poor record among black and Hispanic voters.

"Someone with a bit more experience, maybe," Moede said, "maybe not as volatile."

They don't have to wonder anymore now that Trump is in.

But Minneapolis 23-year-old Luke G. (he preferred not to give his second name) is cautious about the president's prospects.

"I think we'll see stuff unravel. Things will get worse before they get better as we're going to see policies restructured and things will be a little disruptive," he told GoMN. "If he puts his plan into action this is the only solution to a long-term fix for the country, but I do think some of the decisions, if not executed properly, could put is in a potential situation that could be dangerous."

Anna Peterson's 55-year-old mother Gloria, of Chaska admitted that like many Minnesota Republicans (Trump came third in the GOP primary) she wasn't too much of a Trump fan to begin with. But there was one thing that made her come round.

"I thought it [the nomination] should have gone to someone else, but I really dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the better answer."

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