A look inside Clinton's headquarters on election night

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Heading into election night, many were hopeful that Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, would come out victorious.

Crowds gathered at the Javits Center in Manhattan to show their support and solidarity.

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To stand behind the woman who they hoped would make history.

The Clinton campaign held the rally underneath a literal glass ceiling as many waited to see if she would metaphorical break it by becoming the first woman president.

People were buzzing — the vibe was upbeat and positive towards the start of the evening.

Katy Perry and Khizr Khan took the stage before a crowd outside to deliver statements of passion and hope.

The streets were filled with 'Hillary for President' merchandise and chants of, "I believe that she will win!"

But, as the polls closed and the votes poured in — the atmosphere quickly shifted.

Many supporters became agitated and tense as some states remained 'too close to call' for hours.

As key states turned red, mixed emotions washed over Clinton's supporters.

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A supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watches and waits at her election night rally in New York, U.S., November 8, 2016.

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A Clinton supporter stands alone in the bleachers after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally was canceled at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

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Supporters of U.S Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton react as a state is called in favour of her opponent, Republican candidate Donald Trump, during a watch party for the U.S. Presidential election, at the University of Sydney in Australia, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed

A supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watches and waits at her election night rally in New York, U.S., November 8, 2016.

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Musician Lagy Gaga sits in her car after staging a protest against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outside Trump Tower in New York City after midnight on election day November 9, 2016. Donald Trump stunned America and the world, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States. The Republican mogul defeated his Democratic rival, plunging global markets into turmoil and casting the long-standing global political order, which hinges on Washington's leadership, into doubt.

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Guests react to election results as they appear on a large television monitor during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center glass enclosed lobby in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

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A supporter uses his smartphone as others leave Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at the election night rally in New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A person talks on the phone at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 9, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is running against Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

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Emily Benn stays in a seat at the end of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

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At attendee reacts while kneeling on the floor during an election night party for 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton at the Javits Center in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. 

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An attendee reacts while sitting on the floor during an election night party for 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton at the Javits Center in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

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Matt Sanborn of Laconia, N.H., a Boston College student who volunteered for Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton and New Hampshire Democratic Senate candidate, Gov. Maggie Hassan, rests his hands on the top of his head while watching election returns during an election night rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

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A woman weeps as election results are reported during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center glass enclosed lobby in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

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Wellesley College students and supporters of Hillary Clinton Kumari Devarajan, of Washington, left, and Diana Castillo, of Elgin, Ill,, right, wipe away tears as they watch televised election returns during a watch party on the campus of Wellesley College, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Wellesley, Mass. Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969.

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A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts at her election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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The mood at the end of the evening was somber.

Hope seemed to dwindle with the atmosphere feeling more like a wake than a party.

Heading into the 1 o'clock hour, crowds began to mourn what they believed to be the inevitable — Hillary Clinton had lost the election.

We attempted to speak with those who stayed behind until the election was called.

But many were unable to form their feelings into words.

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John Podesta, campaign chairman, announces that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will not be making an appearance at Jacob Javits Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 as the votes are still being counted.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta speaks at the election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta addresses supporters at the election night rally in New York, New York, November 8, 2016.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta addresses supporters at the election night rally in New York, New York, November 8, 2016.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporters watch the screen as John Podesta, campaign chairman for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speak to Clinton's supporters during the election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign Chairman John Podesta addresses the crowd and tells them to go home at her election night party as results continue to trickle in at Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Clinton's election night rally in New York, New York, November 9, 2016.

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John Podesta, campaign chairman of the 2016 Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, speaks during an election night party at the Javits Center in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Donald Trump racked up victory after victory in key states Tuesday to put himself in position to threaten Clinton for the White House, with the results in three Rust-Belt states likely to determine the next U.S. president.

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Campaign chairman John Podesta takes the stage to speak at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 9, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is running against Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta speaks at the election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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John Podesta, campaign chairman, turns and walks off the stage after announcing that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will not be making an appearance at Jacob Javits Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 as the votes are still being counted.

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Clinton campaign manager John Podesta took the stage, comforting supporters and asking them to head home and rest.

The area was silent as crowds obeyed filing out of the venue.

Almost simultaneously, phones started to ping with news blasts that she lost.

People stood in the streets outside the glass venue — their faces of disbelief looked like stone.

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