People watch voting results at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8, 2016 in New York City.Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images
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As the numbers came in on Election Night, supporters of Hillary Clinton appeared stunned — some with tears in their eyes, others looking devastated as they left early from events that they hoped would be celebrations.
"Oh my gosh, I keep looking up at the glass ceiling and it’s still just solid,” Julie Griffin, a mother from Ossining, New York, said. She described her feelings as "shock and disappointment" and "incredible sadness."
NBC News called the presidential race for Donald Trump just after 3 a.m. ET. But Clinton had called to concede to Trump at around 2:30 a.m ET.
In Florida, a state where NBC News has called Trump the apparent winner, a 16-year-old girl whose parents were deported to Colombia worried that a Trump presidency may make it impossible for her parents to return to the U.S.
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"Hillary is my hope for me and my family to be together again," Valerie Travi, who was born in the U.S., told NBC News in Miami as the national race was still undecided but leaning heavily toward Trump. "I'm 16 years old and I think I still need my parents support with me, ’cause I’m alone. And as well as other kids and other families, we need to be together."
Trump’s campaign rhetoric has been divisive among Latino communities. Elisa Diaz, a Latina of Puerto Rican descent in central Florida, said she expected the Latino vote to carry Clinton to a victory in the Sunshine State.
"I’m shocked. I just don’t get this," Diaz said. "I don’t understand where this is coming from. ... I thought that towards the end it was really going to be like one big surprise, like it was going to be Hillary that was going to take it."
Asked what she expected in a United States with Trump as president, Diaz said: "Like him, unpredictable."
"He’s not what I want as a president," she said. "I was praying — I was actually sitting there praying, that I would trade my soul for my grandchildren’s future. That’s how much this meant to me … It’s going to be a really sad day. Not just for me, I know for America."
The mood was equally somber among some members of the state’s gay and transgender community. A Trump presidency could mean a more conservative Supreme Court.
"I will accept it, but it’s going to be the most disappointing moment in my life, in my 55 years,” said Suzanne Gomez, of Puerto Rican descent who identifies as LGBT. "It’s very hard for me to accept that a man of his caliber is going to be our president."
Gomez said she doesn't believe Trump supports or will work on behalf of the LGBT community, and said she is worried over the ugliness brought out by some supporters during the campaign. "It's like he's given an OK for people to be condescending, hateful towards us," she said.
Clinton said on Twitter earlier Tuesday: "Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything."
Pop superstar Katy Perry, a Clinton supporter, Tweeted to her followers Tuesday night as Clinton’s chances dwindled: “The revolution is coming” and “we will never be silenced.”
At the Javits Center in New York where the Clinton party had been planned, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta at shortly after 2 a.m. told the crowd to go home, and said every vote should be counted. He also thanked supporters.
"She’s done an amazing job and she is not done yet," Podesta said. "Let’s get those votes counted, and let’s bring this home," he said.
Kerry Sanders is a Miami-based correspondent for NBC News, covering national and international breaking news and feature stories. He contributes regularly to “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “Today” and MSNBC. His work, including reporting on Hurricane Katrina, Haiti's 2010 earthquake, the Chilean miners and Kosovo have earned him multiple awards.
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