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President Obama Re-elected: What's next?

By Hilary Lane

Oneida County, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local political experts said it is still too early to predict how the next few years will play out in Washington. However, now that President Obama has been re-elected, there are bound to be some changes in the future.

In addition to a Democrat retaining the White House, Democrats maintain control of the Senate and Republicans keep the majority in the House.

One local college professor said this split Congress has been the source of some gridlock over the past two years.

"The Republicans in the House had a specific strategy to oppose President Obama and his domestic agenda," said Utica College Associate Professor Luke Perry. "Their calculation was that it would help them in the election. It appeared to help them in 2010 but not in 2012."

Now, Perry said Republicans may take a different approach.

According to Hamilton College Professor Phil Klinkner, the Republican party may also re-evaluate their stances on hot topic issues important to voters.

"Whether or not they can be opposed to immigration, to take a stance that sometimes seem downright insulting or offensive to Latino voters given that they are large and growing share of electorate," said Klinkner. "I think it's also clear the politics of gay marriage and sexuality no longer help the Republicans."

Both experts said Republicans and Democrats will need to put political agendas aside and work together if anything is going to be accomplished over next 4 years.

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