Hillary Clinton concedes 2016 election to Donald Trump in emotional speech

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One year, six months and 28 days after announcing her presidential candidacy, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 election on Wednesday morning to Donald Trump.

Flanked by husband Bill and daughter Chelsea, Clinton addressed a crowd of campaign volunteers and the nation from The New Yorker Hotel's Grand Ballroom with forward-looking remarks, saying of President-elect Trump, "We owe him an open mind and chance to lead."

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The former secretary of state also offered her support to her former rival, noting that she congratulated him and "offered to work with him on behalf of our country" in her concession call early Wednesday morning.

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Hillary Clinton, former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, arrives with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton to speak at the New Yorker Hotel in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Donald Trump, a Republican who has never held public office, defeated Clinton after a punishing campaign that exposed searing divides in the American public. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Hillary Clinton, former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, arrives with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton to speak at the New Yorker Hotel in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Donald Trump, a Republican who has never held public office, defeated Clinton after a punishing campaign that exposed searing divides in the American public. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Hillary and Bill Clinton arrive to the New Yorker Hotel where she was to address supporters on November 9, 2016 in New York City. The former Democratic Presidential nominee conceded defeat to president-elect Donald Trump earlier in the morning. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: John Podesta, the campaign chairman of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits for her to concede the presidential election at the New Yorker Hotel on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (R) is embraced by Hillary Clinton beforeher address to her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning, a stunning end to a campaign that appeared poised right up until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump as former President Bill Clinton(L) and running mate Tim Kaine look on in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband former President Bill Clinton, concedes the presidential election at the New Yorker Hotel on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election as former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and her running mate Tim Kaine applaud at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election as her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, looks on at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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"I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together," Clinton said. "You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been the greatest honor of my life."

While supporters could be seen crying in the ballroom, Clinton kept a positive, unified tone throughout her concession speech, saying she hopes Trump will be "a successful president for all Americans." The democratic presidential nominee did, however, acknowledge the poignant disappointment shared among campaign supporters across the country.

"I still believe in America and I always will."

Looking to the future, Clinton noted a "deeply divided" nation, but declared steadfast a continued belief in the democracy and rule of law the U.S. has to offer. Clinton also thanked President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for "graceful, determined leadership" throughout the campaign.

Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine introduced the former secretary of state, heralding her success in winning the American popular vote as an "amazing accomplishment."

The U.S. senator from Virginia went on to acknowledge Clinton's political progression as first lady, senator, secretary of state, and Democratic presidential nominee, saying, "She has been and is a great history maker in everything she's done."

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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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Dressed in the traditionally bipartisan color purple, Clinton reflected on the long campaign season by thanking her loyal staff -- many of whom including John Podesta, Huma Abedin and John Sullivan -- were watching the remarks from the front row.

"This is painful," Clinton said. "And it will be for a long time."

Both Clinton and Trump ran fierce campaigns until the bitter end, making stops in key battleground states North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida, among others. In the wake of Donald Trump's massive upset win over Clinton, pundits are left to calculate where the Democratic nominee went wrong.

Early exit polls suggest that the Clinton campaign may have underestimated the rural vote, and noted that she failed to visit the one-time Democratic stronghold of Wisconsin, only to lose the state. Others note key losses with demographics once won by President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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