Hillary Clinton made her final remarks on Wednesday after losing her bid to become the first female president of the United States to Donald Trump.
Trump captured crucial victories over Clinton in several battleground states including: Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida on Tuesday as an ugly election campaign wrapped up.
“We have seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” Clinton said in speech while surrounded by her family in New York. “But I still believe in America and I always will and if you do, then we must accept this result and look to the future.”
“Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
Clinton spoke with Trump, who praised her for a hard-fought campaign in his victory speech early Wednesday morning.
Clinton’s campaign was marred by several scandals during the election, including FBI director James Comey’s announcement that investigators had uncovered more emails that could be connected to her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
Last Sunday, Comey told lawmakers that the bureau had found no evidence to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.
President Barack Obama called Clinton after it became clear she had lost the race, the White House saying Obama “expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country.”