AP

Hillary Clinton acknowledged the ā€œpainfulā€ reality of her loss to Donald TrumpĀ in a speech beforeĀ a crowd of her closest supporters in New York City on Wednesday morning.

ā€œI know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,ā€ Clinton said. ā€œThis is painful, and it will be for a long time.ā€

ā€œWe have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,ā€ she continued. ā€œBut I still believe in America and I always will.ā€

After her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, pointed out she is still leading the popular vote, Clinton said she feels ā€œpride and gratitude for this wonderful campaignā€ and addressed young women directly, encouraging them not to feelĀ discouraged byĀ her loss.

ā€œTo all the women, especially the young women, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion,ā€ the former secretary of state said.

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Clinton went on to thank Barack and Michelle Obama for their ā€œgraceful, determined leadershipā€ and urged a peaceful transition of power to the President-elect, saying, ā€œDonald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."

Watch a clip of her speech via CNN: