Photos: Hope and Defeat on Election Day / by Alexandra Wimley

Mary Markovitz, of Connecticut, smiles while watching results come in early in the night at Hillary Clinton's Election Night Event outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, Nov. 8, 2016.

Mary Markovitz, of Connecticut, smiles while watching results come in early in the night at Hillary Clinton's Election Night Event outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, Nov. 8, 2016.

Thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on Election Day for what they thought would be a celebration. At a cordoned off area outside the Javits Center, upbeat music blasted through the speakers, attendees lined up at food trucks, volunteers passed out American flags, and a big screen television projected Clinton's iconic blue "H" logo.

As results started to come in, the screen played news and commentary. When the news was good for Clinton, supporters cheered and waved their flags in the air. 

Speakers, including politicians, celebrities, and activists took the outdoor stage to sing their praises of Clinton and other down-ballot candidates. 

The mood changed when Donald Trump began racking up more votes and more states, including some prominent swing states, like Florida, that he had to secure for victory.

The music stopped, and supporters' eyes remained locked on the commentators, who laid out Trump's paths to victory. The venue was mostly silent, interrupted by boo's when commentators discounted Clinton's remaining ability to win.

As the chances became slim, supporters trickled out, but many remained until about 2 a.m, many crying and comforting each other. 

Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta came on the screen to announce that she would not be speaking until the next day. "They're still counting votes, and every vote should count., " he said.

The next morning, Clinton made a concession speech at the New Yorker Hotel calling for unity and a continued fight to "break the glass ceiling".