'This loss hurts' - Emotional Hillary Clinton pays tribute to her family following shock presidential defeat
* Clinton says loss 'hurts'
* Thanks her team, supporters and family
* 'Our nation is more deeply divided than we thought'
* 'We must respect the result'
* 'Donald Trump is going to be our president'
Hillary Clinton paid tribute to her family during her remarks on the election today and said the loss "hurts".
There was applause as running mate Tim Kaine welcomed the former presidential candidate to the stage after her shock defeat.
During her speech, which became emotional at times, Clinton paid tribute to her family and said her love for them "means more than [she] can express".
"To Bill, Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers, and our entire family - my love for you means more than I can ever express," she said.
Clinton said she congratulated Trump last night and hopes "Trump will be a successful president for all Americans".
She said she still believes Americans can respect their differences, with the best days ahead for the country.
"I am sorry we did not win this election... but I feel pride and gratitude for this campaign we built together. Being your candidate was the greatest honour of my life."
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Clinton who stood proudly on the podium beside husband Bill Clinton said her campaign was "never about one person or one election, but about the country we love".
"Our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. We owe Trump an open mind and chance to lead. Let me add - our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years but all the time."
She added that the "American dream is big enough for everyone" as she thanked everyone who helped her on her campaign.
"To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you. We thank you for your graceful leadership, it has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world."
She also thanked her family saying: "You lifted me up when I needed it most."
In an emotional speech, she addressed young people saying to "never stop fighting".
"This loss hurts but please never stop believing. It is worth it... so we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives."
After her defeat she proudly said that "our best days are still ahead of us" as she looks to the future.
"Let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart. There are more seasons to come."
Meanwhile, Democratic President Barack Obama called Republican Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory early on Wednesday and invited him to the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition of power, the White House said.
"Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the president identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the president-elect is the next step," the White House press secretary said in a statement.
Obama, who also called unsuccessful Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, will make a statement on Wednesday to discuss the election results.