President-elect Donald Trump enters the ballroom of the New York Hilton at his election night victory rally.
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Inside Election Night at the Trump and Clinton Parties

Photos of shocked joy and stunned silence as the results came in.

Tuesday night in New York, we went to a couple of parties.

Donald Trump’s, at the New York Hilton Midtown, was packed with the Republican candidate’s red-topped die-hards and dotted with campaign VIPs. Manager Kellyanne Conway and transition team leader Chris Christie were there, of course, along with the likes of Omarosa Manigault and Stephen Baldwin (the one who supports Trump rather than inhabits him). Whoops of triumph, some of them astonished, bounced around the ballroom as the night went on, the results ticked in, and it became clear that voters’ contempt for Washington had outpaced the pollsters. A cake had been sculpted into an unnecessarily dour bust of Trump, given the outcome. If it was meant to make him look presidential, that was also unnecessary by the time the party was over.

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Twenty-five blocks away at the Javits Center, Hillary Clinton’s party started as a cautious prelude to victory, quickly advanced to a nail-biter over Florida that might have knocked out her rival in time to bask in the CNN coverage from home, and ended in agony. The photos here attest to the waves of shock and heartbreak that swept the ballroom as the votes were tallied. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee chair forced out when her e-mails opposing Bernie Sanders came to light, was on hand, as was the Rev. Al Sharpton, in an election year when the lives of African Americans were front and center. In the end, campaign chairman John Podesta came out to urge guests to go home, promising that their candidate would appear on Wednesday. She did, delivering a speech that brought more choked sobs in homes and offices across the country.

Below, photographers M. Scott Brauer and Jonno Rattman capture it all.
—Peter Jeffrey

Donald Trump
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Cheers go up as Trump enters the ballroom.
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Family and prominent supporters, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (front right) and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway (right in red), look on as Trump speaks to the crowd.
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Omarosa Manigault, a contestant on the first season of Trump’s reality show The Apprentice, speaks to the media early in the night.
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Guests gather in a back area of the ballroom.
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Breitbart editor and blogger Milo Yiannopoulos greets guests.
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Guests celebrate as it becomes clear that Trump has won the election.
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Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
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A cake sculpted into a likeness of Trump designed by Melissa Alt of Teaneck, N.J., on display near a bar in the ballroom.
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Trump supporter and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
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From left: campaign manager Kellyanne Conway; a cake sculpted into a likeness of Trump designed by Melissa Alt of Teaneck, N.J., on display near a bar in the ballroom; Trump supporter and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
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Actor and Trump supporter Stephen Baldwin takes a selfie with guests in the ballroom.
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Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council of Malta, Montana, celebrates as results are announced in favor of Trump.
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Guests on the ballroom floor after Trump was named president-elect.
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Party favors on a table outside the ballroom in the Hilton Midtown.
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A VIP outside the ballroom.
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Trump greets the crowd after speaking.
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A boy rests his head on a crowd control barrier after Trump left the ballroom.
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Hillary Clinton
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A guest at Hillary Clinton’s election night event at the Javits Center in New York.
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Guests watch as the polls close.
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Bad news.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair of the DNC. She was reelected as a Florida congresswoman.
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A Clinton supporter watches after polls close on the West Coast.
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Jonathan Whitley, a guest at Clinton's election night event, takes in the news that Clinton has conceded.
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From left: a Clinton supporter watches after polls close on the West Coast; Jonathan Whitley, a guest at Clinton’s election night event, takes in the news that she has conceded.
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The Rev. Al Sharpton.
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The polls close.
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Clinton supporters react to a stunning upset.
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Clinton supporters react to a stunning upset.
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Clinton supporters react to a stunning upset.
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Clinton supporters react to a stunning upset.
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Tens of thousands of Clinton supporters turned out.
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The battleground state of North Carolina is called for Trump.
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Despairing supporters.
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Despairing supporters.
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Despairing supporters.
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Campaign chairman John Podesta walks onto the stage to announce that Clinton will not be speaking.
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A table in the food court of the Javits Center during Clinton’s election night event.
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Outside the Javits Center, a satellite truck’s live feed of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory speech.
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Guests watch the truck’s live feed of Trump’s victory speech.
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