Hillary Clinton concedes presidential race: ‘I still believe in America and I always will’

NEW YORK — After what many pundits regarded as a shocking upset in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton conceded the race in front of supporters Wednesday morning.

The former secretary of state lost a contentious election to Donald Trump. She called Trump early Wednesday morning to congratulate him on the win and concede the race. Clinton, however, didn’t make a public statement after learning she lost the race in the early morning hours.

Her running mate, Tim Kaine, introduced her and said it was an honor to be her pick for vice president. He noted that Clinton, while on the losing end of the electoral vote, won the popular vote.

Clinton called the loss “painful” but said being the Democratic Party’s candidate was “her greatest honor.”

“I know how disappointed you feel,” she told the crowd.

She said Americans had to keep an open mind when it comes to the president-elect, urging her supporters to give him a chance. Clinton maintained that she believed the American Dream remains big enough for everyone to share. She spent a year and a half traveling around the country to promote that idea, afterall.

“I still believe in America, and I always will,” she said. “And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

Clinton said her campaign workers and volunteers “poured their hearts” into her campaign.

“I want each of you to know you were the best campaign anyone could have expected or hoped for,” she told them.

“This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting what’s right is worth it.”

She also had a message for young girls.

“To all the little girls watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”

Clinton said America’s “best days are still ahead” as long as people work together.

“Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and…more work to do.”