Officially ending her quest to make history as the nation’s first female president, Hillary Clinton conceded defeat to Donald J. Trump last night with a congratulatory phone call. “She congratulated us,” Trump said in his victory speech, “and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
Clinton did not speak publicly after the impending loss, as Tuesday night turned to early Wednesday morning throughout the East Coast. Instead, campaign manager John Podesta made a brief appearance to inform supporters that they appreciated the effort but that the race was too close to call. Twenty-five minutes later, Trump officially won the presidency.
The former secretary of state and Democratic nominee entered election day overly confident in a victory that would have ensured Democrats retained the White House for a third consecutive term. All major media pollsters tracked her for the ultimate win leading up to Election Day.
But Trump, the billionaire reality television star, demonstrated unexpected strength in Rust Belt states that had been the concrete foundation of President Obama’s two victories. These states propelled Trump past the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
It has not been confirmed if President Obama has called to congratulate Trump yet.
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