Podesta Announces Clinton Won’t Speak on Election Night

• November 9, 2016 2:34 am


Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta effectively announced in the wee hours of Wednesday morning that Clinton would not concede the election to Donald Trump yet.

At Clinton headquarters in New York City, Podesta addressed a crowd shortly after 2 a.m. ET that was visibly shocked as the election results rolled in and showed Trump on the verge of a historic upset. At 2:30 a.m. ET, the Associated Press called the race for Trump, making him the president-elect.

"Well folks, I know you've been here a long time and it's been a long night and it's been a long campaign, but I can say we can wait a little longer, can't we?" he asked. "They're still counting votes, and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we're not going to have anything more to say tonight."

Trump, in addition to holding every state Mitt Romney won in 2012, has won Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, all of which went to Barack Obama in both of his elections.

"Everybody should head home. You should get some sleep," Podesta said. "We'll have more to say tomorrow."

Podesta thanked them for their support and praised Clinton for the "amazing job" she had done.