Clinton campaign chair John Podesta addressed the crowd at the Clinton election night event at just after 2 a.m on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton was not with him.
“We’re not done yet,” he told Clinton supporters at the Javits Center in Manhattan, adding that they should go home.
At the outset of the night, thousands of supporters, donors and current and former staffers gathered inside and outside the Javits Center, closely watching the returns come in. As the evening wore on, the crowd became noticeably quieter, and some supporters began to leave. A handful of young staffers were spotted crying, and others appeared shocked.
Clinton is watching the election results from a suite at the Peninsula hotel in Manhattan, where she arrived earlier this evening. She is joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton; her daughter, Chelsea Clinton; her son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky; and her grandchildren, Charlotte and Aidan. According to an aide, 2-year-old Charlotte is donning a dress with the H logo on it. A number of top aides — including Jennifer Palmieri, Huma Abedin, Nick Merrill and Philippe Reines — are with the Clintons.
While at the hotel, the Democratic presidential nominee is spending time going over her speech for the evening. There are two versions: one if she wins, another if she loses.
ater in the night, Clinton had planned to head to her election night event. It was there, on a stage shaped like the United States, under the convention center’s actual glass ceiling, that she hoped to break what she called “the highest, hardest glass ceiling.”
Meanwhile, her rival, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, is watching the returns from Trump Tower, a block from the Peninsula, before he heads to the nearby Hilton Midtown for his election night party.
Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, is watching the results come in at the Intercontinental hotel. He is joined by his wife, Anne Holton; his daughter; his parents; and a brother. According to an aide, he also spent time with Richmond neighbors and friends from law school this evening.