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Optimistic to the Last


The Glass Ceiling That Didn’t Break

Thursday, November 10, 2016


As the numbers came in and the shock and dismay overtook the crowd, Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta told the shattered fans to go home, leaving an empty arena (below)

O ptimism abounds at Clinton headquarters in New York as the first results trickle in. Thousands of people wait in lines that stretch down 34th Street and 10th Avenue outside the Javits Center. They all came for the election victory party.

“I’ve been waiting here since 8:30 in the morning,” says Nicole, 24, of New York. For Nicole, the possibility that Clinton won’t win is non-existent. “I’m excited about the first woman president,” she announces. “It worries me that Trump has so many supporters, but I still think Hillary will win.”

Inside the hall itself, the atmosphere is electric. The music blares, the energy in the room pulses, the lines outside keep growing.

But suddenly, something begins to falter. Trump is ahead in Virginia. “They haven’t yet counted the areas near D.C.,” one network explains.


As the evening progresses, the drip, drip of bad news turns into a deluge. As long as the race is tight in Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, the crowd remains optimistic. The crowd cheers Hillary’s win in New Mexico, gushes about a Democrat winning a senate seat.

But as soon as Ohio is called — a state whose vote only twice in the last century did not predict the electoral outcome — the mood turns into one of shellshock. The crowd falls silent, and the lines outside dissipate.

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