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When Did Hillary Clinton Concede the Election?

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When will Hillary Clinton concede? (Getty)

According to the latest election projections, Donald Trump has won the presidential election and will be President of the United States. The race shocked everyone, since Clinton was favored to win in polls earlier in the day. As of the time of publication, Trump has 286 electoral votes to Clinton’s 215. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win. Clinton didn’t concede or give a speech at her election night party. But according to NBC, she later called Trump and conceded over the phone.

Here’s what you need to know.

Kelly O’Donnell of NBC announced on Twitter, around 2:30 a.m. Eastern, that a source told her Clinton had called Trump and conceded over the phone:

This came as a shock to many Clinton supporters. She hadn’t made any public statements on election night since the polls closed. During a huge election night party, Clinton never made an appearance. Instead, John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager, came out and addressed the crowd, saying that everyone should go home. Podesta announced that they wouldn’t be saying anything else tonight. “Every vote counts,” he told the crowd, announcing that they would wait until until every vote was counted before making any announcements. Here’s a video of Podesta’s announcement:

Podesta’s announcement fueled speculation that Clinton might have been waiting for final vote counts. Clinton and Trump were very close in the polls in some states. And if Clinton hadn’t conceded that night, it wouldn’t have been entirely unheard of. In 2004, John Kerry didn’t concede the presidential election on the night of the election. He didn’t concede until the next morning.

The race was so close that despite most news organizations calling the election, NBC still hadn’t called three main states as around 2 a.m. Eastern: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. NBC said it was waiting to hear about absentee votes before calling those states. If Clinton were to win all three of these states, she would win the election.

In addition, there were still provisional ballots that might come into play. Pennsylvania was incredibly close, for example, and provisional ballots might make a difference there. Trump was at 49 percent with 2,896,728 votes in Pennsylvania, and Clinton was at 48 percent with 2,820,894 votes. NBC reported that between provisional ballots and extraneous ballots, they didn’t feel comfortable calling Pennsylvania that night. However, provisionals could take a while to count. Provisional ballots are given out if a voter doesn’t appear qualified to vote, such as if he or she is at the wrong location, isn’t showing up in the records, or doesn’t have the proper ID. Typically, provisional ballots are counted if their credentials are confirmed later. Similar situations may exist in a couple other key states also.

So, essentially, a few factors could have prompted Clinton to wait. But in the end, despite not making an announcement at her campaign party, she did call Trump on the phone and concede, NBC reported.

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5 comments

  1. The stunning contempt of that woman continues. Her supporters be damned. The country be damned. Hillary, bye bye loser.

  2. Quitters NEVER WIN. Winners never Quit. Hillary conceded before 270 electoral votes.President must have 270 Votes. Run the full course of the race. All States had Not come in at the time when she conceded to Trump. Trump won because he is not a quitter. If had not gotten the Presidency he stated he would not concede to Hillary. All ballots and provisional had Not been counted. Why come this far and not go the FULL course of the race? Now here are The Questions? How soon can the Republicans (Tea Party) get rid of Trump? And How? Will the Republicans Impeach OR ???? The “BIGs” in the Republican Party is looking towards Pence as President of the USA. Please believe it. I liked as person but Not as the President. He has been entertaining as a candidate. Yet I must’ve Prayerful for our country and also for his safety. KKK was sent into his rally’s by his OWN Republican Party to start racism rhetoric. To stop “Black Trumpskies”Trump is NOT against Blacks. He has brought jobs to Chocolate cities. Trumps see ONE Color and that is the Powerful color of GREEN. He is about that MONEY.And ONLY about that MONEY. He is not evil yet he talks alot foolish mature rhetoric. Yet he also has alot of traditional American Values. BRACE Yourself America! I feel like a “Trekkie” WE (USA) is about to go where NO Man has ever gone! Stay Tune

  3. She has shown another Negative Fact about her personality. She is a Quitter.. I believe that if she had held in there until the end she would have alot more Electoral Votes. She Quit so the Votes went to the Only Candidate Left.