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Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta Addresses Supporters, Doesn’t Concede to Donald Trump: ‘Every Vote Should Count’

It’s not over yet. With Republican candidate Donald Trump inching closer to grasping victory in the 2016 presidential election, people across the U.S. and the world were waiting for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to concede the race.

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But in the early hours of Wednesday, November 9, it was the chairman of her presidential campaign, John Podesta, who addressed the former Secretary of State’s supporters at an election party in NYC.

“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 told supporters at about 2 a.m. ET.

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Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event in Tempe, AZ, on Nov. 2, 2016.

“They’re still counting votes and every vote should count,” Podesta continued. “Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight. So listen to me, everybody should head home. We should get some sleep. We’ll have more to say tomorrow.”

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“I want every person in this hall to know, and I want every person across the country who supported Hillary to know, that your voices and your enthusiasm means so much to her, to Tim [Kaine, her vice presidential running mate] and to all of us,” he added. “We are so proud of you and we are so proud of her. She’s done an amazing job and she is not done yet, so thank you for being with her — she has always been with you.”

“Goodnight,” Podesta concluded. “We will be back. We will have more to say. Let’s get those votes counted and let’s bring this home.”

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