Clinton encourages supporters to accept election outcome

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NEW YORK (AP) Hillary Clinton told her supporters Wednesday that they must accept the outcome of an election that she says has shown the nation "is more deeply divided than we thought."

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Addressing staff and supporters in New York, the morning after her defeat by Donald Trump,

Clinton said she has spoken with the president-elect and has offered to work with him on behalf of the country.

She told supporters they owe Trump an "open mind" and a "chance to lead."

She says American democracy depends on "peaceful transition of power."

Clinton said the campaign has been "one of the greatest honors" of her life.

She describes the outcome as "painful," but says the effort was not about her but "the country we love."

Clinton took the stage to sustained applause.

Ashen-faced aides sat in the front row as supporters in the audience sobbed at the emotional event.

Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, says the defeated Democratic candidate has made history by paving the way for women to run for president.

Speaking ahead of Clinton to a room of supporters and aides in New York Wednesday, Kaine prompted a standing ovation when he noted Clinton is leading in the popular vote in the race against Donald Trump.

He hailed Clinton and former President Bill Clinton's loyalty to their staff, and praised their dedication.

His voice shaking, he said that Clinton "knows the system we have. She's deeply in love with it and she accepts it."

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, an Associated Press tally has Clinton with 47.7 percent and President-elect Donald Trump with 47.5 percent.