JUDY WOODRUFF: Hillary Clinton summed up her crushing loss to Donald Trump today, saying, "This is painful, and it will be for a long time."
As for the new president-elect, he stayed out of sight after claiming victory in the wee hours. That left the national stage today to Clinton, for perhaps one last time.
The sting of their shocking loss was visible on the faces of Clinton supporters and staffers in New York this morning as she conceded defeat.
HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee: Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.
I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought, but I still believe in America, and I always will. And, if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The concession came hours after Trump was declared the winner, with more than the 270 electoral votes needed for election, though Clinton led late today in the popular vote. She urged supporters, especially young people and women, not to lose heart.
HILLARY CLINTON: I have had successes and I have had setbacks, sometimes really painful ones.
Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it.
HILLARY CLINTON: I know — I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but, someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Roughly nine hours earlier, president-elect Trump had declared victory, applauding his opponent and calling for national unity.
DONALD TRUMP (R), President-Elect: Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time. And we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely.
DONALD TRUMP: Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Trump also reprised some of the themes of his campaign, hinting at potential priorities for his coming administration.
DONALD TRUMP: I have spent my entire life in business looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
JUDY WOODRUFF: President Obama had gone all out to make Clinton his successor, but with the question decided, he announced he will meet with Trump tomorrow.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The presidency and the vice presidency is bigger than any of us. So, I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush's team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect, because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Like Clinton, Mr. Obama had argued Trump was unfit for the White House. Today, he urged Americans to accept the result.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We try really hard to persuade people that we are right. And then people vote. And then, if we lose, we learn from our mistakes. We do some reflection. We lick our wounds. We brush ourselves off. We get back in the arena. We got at it. We try even harder the next time.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The election outcome brought out strong feelings from both sides overnight, outside Trump Tower in New York.
MAN: We have had eight years of a liberal person telling us that Middle America was nothing. And, tonight, they came and said, you know what, we are — we are America.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And in Washington, outside the White House itself.
MAN: As a gay, black and Latino man, I'm scared. It sucks.
MAN: This is not the way that I envisioned America in 2016 to be at all.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But Republican leaders in Congress who kept their distance from Trump embraced the result today.
REP. PAUL RYAN, Speaker of the House: Look at what a unified Republican government can get you.
JUDY WOODRUFF: In Wisconsin, House Speaker Paul Ryan lauded the ongoing Republican majorities in Congress, and put supporters of President Obama's health care law on notice.
REP. PAUL RYAN: This health care law is collapsing under its own weight. And so, to your specific question about repealing and replacing Obamacare, the problem is, President Obama vetoed it. Now we have President Trump coming, who is asking us to do this. So, with unified Republican government, we can fix this. We can fix these problems.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, was also out today, after having little to say about Trump during the campaign.
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL, Majority Leader: Well, I know he's really happy we still have a Republican majority. And we look forward to working with him. I think most of the things that he's likely to advocate, we're going to be enthusiastically for.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Now the president-elect has 73 days to work on his agenda in Congress and his transition before he takes office on January 20.