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Shocked. Surprised. Those are the words most used when GoMN asked Hillary Clinton supporters how they felt late Tuesday night.

Shocked. Surprised. Those are the words most used when GoMN asked Hillary Clinton supporters how they felt late Tuesday night.

People excitedly packed into the Minneapolis Hilton ballroom for the DFL Election Night Party.

Around 8 p.m. when the event first started, the crowd was thick and optimistic.

"I think the stakes are high, but I am confident we'll wake up that we'll wake up in the morning with the first female president," Beth Nault told GoMN.

Sen. Al Franken echoed that confidence when he took the stage a little while later, proclaiming "We're going to win Minnesota," as the crowd erupted in excited cheers.

But as Donald Trump's numbers consistently sat above Clinton's, confidence levels started to dip.

"Donald Trump is actually doing somewhat well,"Mariah Mead told GoMN. "It's really surprising, actually."

Several other event-goers said similar things, explaining how they didn't expect the election to be close at all.

A few hours into the event – with Trump still well ahead – we checked with Clinton supporters again.

"I'm nervous, more nervous than I was a couple hours ago," Parick Coveny said. "It's going to be a late night." And he was right.

At 1 a.m. people were still watching the numbers roll in, waiting for a final call of who would be the next President of the United States. But that never came.

Minutes later, the sparse crowd of Clinton supporters – several of whom were sprawled out on the floor – got a message from the big screen: Head home.

The Democrat's campaign chairman, John Podesta, said the votes are still being counted and people will just have to wait for the final results.

Clinton conceded the election to Trump at around 1:43 a.m. CT.

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