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A stony silence cast a pall early Wednesday over NEED A MIRACLE

what was meant to be Hillary Clinton's


presidential victory party as, one by one, states Faces once bright with the hope of seeing
turned Republican red for Donald Trump. America's first female president elected started
growing longer and longer at about 9:00 pm, when
The billionaire property mogul had not yet won the results appeared to be leaning Trump's way.
the White House but for many, it was only a
question of time. Then the Clinton supporters initially quite
talkative about the prospects for a Clinton
No one was expecting such a violent slap in the presidency and many of them dressed in Clinton
face. Some were saying it would be close, and garb clammed up as the hundreds of journalists
many Democrats said they were nervous as they on the scene began documenting the palpable
arrived at Clinton's event at the Javits Centre on anxiety.
the west side of Midtown Manhattan.
Heads were shaking in front of the giant screens
But no one imagined the night would turn into a beaming the results to the crowd, and the voices of
political funeral. reporters echoed in the huge hall, which was
otherwise silent.
At the food court, located underneath the hall
where Clinton had been expected to write her Supporters manically refreshed their
name in the history books, two young women smartphones in search of better news.
sobbed, and the alcohol was free-flowing.
But The New York Times only had bad news for
At a table, two other women stared blankly, their them, with their forecast for Trump's chances of
hands on their heads. winning rising as the night wore on.

"It is surreal," said one government employee who In a desperate bid to motivate the crowd, New
gave her first name Margarita, a beer in front of York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "We believe
her. that Hillary Clinton is going to be the next
president of the United States."
But Bermejo tried to see the bright side on a
dark night. At 10:44 pm, The Times gave Trump a 93 per cent
chance of winning.
"After I have a stiff drink of tequila, I'm going to
get up, and since I'm a hopeful person, then I'll do Team Clinton vanished, avoiding reporters like
whatever I can to make sure we vote him out of the plague. She, her husband Bill and her
office, because that's what democracy is about," entourage were holed up at a hotel not far from the
she said. venue.

STUNNING LOSS After midnight, when The Times put Trump's


chance of winning at 95 percent, some started to
Shock was the dominant reaction, rather than leave the party-turned-funeral.
anger at what looked like a stunning loss. New
York is a Democratic bastion, one that voted for A few brave campaign volunteers kept reporters
Clinton and seems far from Trump's America from going into a large hall where several
that disdains Washington insiders. thousand dejected supporters were gathered.

"We definitely knew it was close not this "I am praying and I am not religious," said
close," said 22-year-old Evynn Stengel, who Anabel Evora, a 51-year-old from Tennessee who
started drinking before the disheartening results works at a non-profit organization.
started trickling in.
"We feel like we live in a bubble voting for "We need a miracle. I am sad. I'm about to cry."
Trump to me is so shocking."
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