Clinton supporters in Pennsylvania mourn what they thought was a sure thing

Pennsylvania had voted Democratic in six straight presidential elections - with Philadelphia, the state’s largest city, in the driver’s seat.

At 3:30 Wednesday morning, the Keystone State was the last domino to fall in Hillary Clinton’s blue wall. 


Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

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At City Diner, Election Night excitement turned to disbelief -- and then cries of defeat.

Clinton supporter Nabila Nanji was stunned.

“It’s just quite frankly frightening,” Nanji said. “He is not a reflection of the country that I was raised in and the values I was raised in.”

Democrat Greg Trainor wanted a primary do-over.

“The big lesson learned here is that none of this would have happened with Bernie Sanders,” Trainor said. 

At Andy’s Diner, in Ambler,  a town 20 miles north of Philadelphia, reality started to set in for Geri Axler and her 45-year-old daughter Lauren Casiello.


Geri Axler and her daughter, Lauren Casiello at Andy’s Diner in Pennsylvania.

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“I’m in shock,” Casiello said in a trembling voice. “I was watching it roll in, and there was a big whole deep down inside of disbelief.”

Laurie Wright  says she was equally as hurt by Trump’s win.

“I can’t believe the things he said about women and so many women voted for him. I feel betrayed,” Wright said. 

Pennsylvania voters were supposed to be part of a Clinton blue wall. In her final push, 40,000 joined her at Independence Mall, the night before the election. She had an all-star cast that included two former presidents, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

“I even went as far to book my hotel room for inauguration!” said Jennifer Stomsky

Stomsky, a mother of two, volunteered for the Clinton campaign. She thought she would be celebrating a victory on Wednesday.

“I think I shed my first tears when I told my son,” Stomsky said. 

As signs for Clinton/Kaine get tossed aside, those who put them up say they will never forget “her” story is still history.

“I took today, and I cried and I mourned, and tomorrow, we start over again,” Stomsky said.