NEW YORK CITY — Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta sent a crowd of her supporters home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, saying that they would hear more from the candidate later in the day.
Clinton did not personally address her supporters. She reportedly remained at a hotel in Manhattan watching election results with her family before conceding the election to Donald Trump over the telephone.
“You’ve been here a long time, and it’s been a long night, and it’s been a long campaign,” Podesta told Clinton supporters gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “But I can say, we can wait a little longer, can’t we?”
Shortly after 2:00 am, Podesta advised the crowd of Clinton supporters to “head home” and “get some sleep.”
“They’re still counting votes, and every vote should count,” Podesta added. “Several of the states are still too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”
Podesta maintained that Clinton “is not done yet,” and the campaign “will have more to say tomorrow.”
The election was called for Trump shortly after Podesta's remarks.