Clinton: Losing is ‘painful,’ but Trump deserves chance to lead

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is introduced during a campaign stop Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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NEW YORK (AP) – Hillary Clinton says losing the election “is painful, and it will be for a long time.” But in her first public remarks after Donald Trump’s victory, Clinton told supporters, “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

Clinton directed some of her comments to the “little girls who are watching,” urging them to pursue their dreams. She said that with her failed bid for the White House, America has not “shattered that highest and hardest ceiling.”

But she says, “someday, somebody will.”

Despite losing Tuesday’s presidential election, Clinton has a narrow lead in the popular vote, with several million votes still to be counted.

As more votes are counted, Clinton isn’t guaranteed to keep that lead. However, most of the outstanding votes appear to be in Democratic-leaning states. The biggest chunk is in California. Washington State, New York, Oregon and Maryland also have large numbers of uncounted votes. Clinton won all those states.

With nearly 125 million votes counted, The Associated Press tally has Clinton with 47.7 percent and President-elect Donald Trump with 47.5 percent.

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