Hillary Clinton isn’t giving a concession speech tonight, her campaign chairman John Podesta said.
“Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight,” he told Clinton supporters at the Javits Center in New York after 2am Eastern Time. Around 2:40am, CNN reported that Clinton had phoned Trump to congratulate him.
It hasn’t taken this long to deliver a concession speech in a presidential race since 2004 when John Kerry conceded the afternoon after polling day. In 2000, of course, Al Gore took more than a month to concede after an aborted recount and Supreme Court ruling. Here are the times for when losing presidential candidates have conceded going back to 1980:
|Jimmy Carter (1980)||10 pm|
|George Bush (1992)||11 pm|
|Michael Dukakis (1988)||11:15 pm|
|Walter Mondale (1984)||11:20 pm|
|Bob Dole (1996)||11:25 pm|
|John McCain (2008)||11:20 pm|
|Mitt Romney (2012)||11:00 pm|
|John Kerry (2004)||1:50 pm (+1 day)|
|Al Gore (2000)||9 pm (+36 days)|
Meanwhile, France’s Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, has already congratulated Trump on winning.