Hillary Clinton had good reasons to be confident that she would be the next president of the United States. She was leading in the polls before Election Day. Also, early voting numbers gave an optimistic outlook to her presidential campaign. So, the Democratic nominee can’t be blamed for preparing a celebration party at the Javits Convention Center in New York on election night. The Clinton campaign believed that Wednesday would be a historic day when America would have its first female president. Instead, Hillary Clinton found herself giving a concession speech.
Donald J. Trump Wins the Race for the White House
Wednesday did not find former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the new president-elect. The winner of the presidential race of 2016 was her opponent, Donald J. Trump. The Republican candidate had more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to become the next president. Despite some states being very close, Donald J. Trump won the election beyond any doubt. And even though it looks like Hillary Clinton will be ahead in the popular vote, the Electoral College system has pretty much declared Donald J. Trump the winner.
This was the second time the former First Lady attempted to win the White House. Her first attempt was in 2008, after two terms as Senator of New York. Then she was defeated in the primaries by Illinois Senator Barack Obama. He later went on to become the 44th President of the United States. This time, Hillary Clinton won the primary race and became the Democratic nominee. However, she lost in the General Election to her Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump. This moment is likely to mark the end of presidential ambitions for Hillary Clinton who could have become the first female president of the United States. Although Hillary Clinton is a seasoned veteran of politics who knows how to roll with the punches, this loss could also mean the end of her political career.
Hillary Clinton Concedes the Presidential Race
Hillary Clinton had the unenviable task of publicly giving a concession speech after a campaign that solicited much enthusiasm from her supporters. According to reports, the Democratic candidate had already called Donald J. Trump early Wednesday morning to congratulate him on his win. Despite a crowd of supporters waiting on her to make an appearance at the Javits Convention Center in New York, Hillary Clinton did not speak on election night. Instead, she waited for the next day to give a speech to an audience made up of mostly staff and aides. Hillary Clinton unequivocally conceded the race. She stressed that the Constitution asks for a peaceful transfer of power.
“Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,”
said Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic nominee went on to ask that a divided country afford president-elect Trump “an open mind and a chance to lead.” But she also talked about the values that were under attack from Donald J. Trump during the campaign and that she is still ready to defend: “the rule of law, the principle that we are equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression.”
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